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Going beyond the ‘tech hype’ with student engagement

For Release Upon Receipt - September 23, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago. September 22, 2015 – How do we motivate students, regardless of the technology used? Professor Elizabeth Barkley can answer this question at 5.30pm on Friday 25 September at Daaga Auditorium, The UWI St. Augustine. She will be the feature speaker this year at The UWI/ Guardian Group’s Premium Open Lecture. Her lecture will be on Student Engagement: Back to Basics and Beyond the Tech Hype.

Barkley is an award-winning professor of Music History at Foothill College, Los Altos, California. She has more than three decades of experience as an innovator in the field. Dr Barkley has received numerous honours and awards, including being named California's Higher Education Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She was formally recognized by the California state legislature for her contributions to undergraduate education; selected as "Innovator of the Year" in conjunction with the National League for Innovation; and has been presented with the Hayward Award for Educational Excellence. She was also honoured by the Center for Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

The music professor is the author of Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016), Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major and K. Patricia Cross, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, Second Edition, 2014), Student Engagement Techniques (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2010), Crossroads: The Roots of America's Popular Music (Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2007), and three interactive digital textbooks for Kendall Hunt in conjunction with Great River, namely Learning: Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (2013), World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions (2012), and co-author with Robert Hartwell of Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (Kendall Hunt, 2015). She is one among several award-winning presenters who have been part of the UWI/Guardian Group Premium Awards including Howard Gardiner, Patricia Cross and Mary-Ellen Weimer to name a few.

The Premium Open Lecture Series on teaching in higher education is one of the major events coming out of the University’s partnership with the Guardian Group. Spear-headed by The UWI’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the partnership began in 1998 and has since produced two avenues through which teaching excellence is highlighted. This lecture series and the flagship Premium Teaching Awards take place interchangeably every other year.

The CETL is committed to the enhancement of high quality teaching at The UWI. This collaboration with the Guardian Group provides the opportunity for a more diverse perspective for local educators and the opportunity for practitioners to share good practice and promote professional development.



About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)