Dr. Patrick McElwaine, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Diane Menago, Associate Professor, for the School of Arts and Sciences’ Counseling Psychology program, presented at the Lilly Conference in Bethesda, Maryland, held from May 31-June 3. Their presentation was entitled “Creating a Community of Learners through Innovative Pedagogical Approaches.”
McElwaine and Menago reviewed a project that promoted the creation of a program-wide activity that pairs beginning and advanced level students to support growth and development of higher learning. The presentation also included a review of the developmental process and collaborative approaches that facilitate group cohesion and higher-level learning built upon the developmental stage of students.
“What we found most pleasing was how interactive the attendees were throughout the presentation, especially with our experiential demonstration of the Think, Pair, Share activity,” McElwaine said. “Think, Pair, Share was designed to help those attending the presentation develop ways of creating a culminating project and/or cross-level partnership with their university or organization.”
According to their website, “For nearly 40 years, Lilly Conferences have provided opportunities for the presentation of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Conference participants are made up of faculty and administrators at various stages in their academic careers that come from across the United States, representing nearly every discipline found in higher education.”