Inaugural Teaching and Learning Research Day

Event Date(s): 30/10/2008

Location: Institute of Critical Thinking

The Inaugural Teaching and Learning Research Day was conceptualized by the Instructional Development Unit (IDU) as part of its Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). This event will take place on Thursday 30th October 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Institute of Critical Thinking, UWI St Augustine.


Our feature speaker, Elsa Leo-Rhynie Professor Emerita was a former principal of the Mona Campus. She was also appointed UWI’s first professor of Gender and Development Studies. PVC and Campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat will welcome participants and delegates to this forum.


Over 25 scholars will gather to expound on the theme The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Preparing the Distinctive UWI Graduate.  The aim of this event is to highlight and acknowledge scholarly teaching which is too often practiced in the private or isolated setting of the classroom.


The day promises to be exciting and informative and will take the form of paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops and panel discussions relevant to teaching conceptualization and teaching practice. It will present an opportunity within the life of the St Augustine Campus for participants to cross disciplines and network. It will also cater to a wider forum which will increase awareness of quality research in teaching and learning that exists throughout the campus.


Research papers and poster presentations have been submitted in topics such as:

Evolution of an active learning technique for effective learning in a content-heavy topic in Environmental Chemistry

Teaching to the Converted: Large class enjoyment and Podcasting at UWI

Using a Medical Expert System to Teach Medical Students Diagnostic Stills

An evaluation of the effectiveness of in-course examinations with feedback on students’ learning in horticulture courses

Using e-Learning Portfolio Technology to Support Visual Art Learning

You only save on cement: One lecturer’s eight-year journey with learning management systems.

Language, Linguistics and Literature: Classroom Research at St Augustine Campus (2000-2008)

Activism in Academia: Twenty-First Century Caribbean Feminist Dilemmas

Educational Experiences of the Deaf Community – An Instrumental Case Study

Effective Classroom Teaching

Preparing the Distinctive UWI Graduate: ‘Are we there yet?’ A look at the first year of English for Academic Purposes

A Case for Including Ethics and Critical Pedagogy in Biology Curriculum

The Effect of Competency in Intercultural Communication on the Academic Performance of a Group of Botswana Students at the UWI Dental School

Using Online Technology in Communication Teaching

Lowering the Affective Filter

Evaluating Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Chemistry

Students’ Motivations for Learning French


Awards will be offered in three categories:  Most Outstanding Classroom Research Paper where the winner will be awarded The UWI/Guardian Holdings Award, Best Poster Presentation and Technology Innovation.


The research papers will become part of the first issue of a Caribbean Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education provided they meet peer review standards.  We perceive that this peer reviewed journal is of particular significance to Caribbean teachers in higher education.


We look forward to a day of greater knowledge and understanding as we forge ahead toward quality and excellence.

More information can be found on the website: http://sta.uwi.edu/idu/

For a complete biography and curriculum vitae of Professor Leo-Rhynie or to register for the day please visit the IDU website www.sta.uwi.edu/idu. Deadline for registration is Friday 26th September, 2008.




Open to: | Staff |


  • Dr. Anna-May Edwards-Henry

  • Faculty/Department

    Office of the Campus Principal 

  • Tel.: 663-9236/662-2002 Ext. 2214