Each summer, the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education hosts the Institute for Future Agriculture Leaders (IFAL) — a five-day conference for high school students interested in programs of study offered by the SAES. The 2013 IFAL will begin on Sunday, June 9, and continue through Friday, June 14. All students selected for the program are rising seniors in the top third of their classes. The IFAL experience has a special emphasis on career opportunities, emerging technology, and the scientific and commercial aspects of agriculture. The North Carolina Farm Bureau, which provides funding support for IFAL, has an extensive collection of photos from last year's activities.
Registration under way for Elon's summer conference for university instructors
The topic listing for Elon University’s 10th Annual Summer Conference for university and college educators on Aug. 15 includes learning that occurs when in-class experiences are connected with out-of-class activities; learning that emerges from constructive group interaction; and learning that connects concrete experiences with abstract conceptualizations; for example, in solving authentic problems, engaging in guided inquiry, or creating a novel artifact. The authorities that will be speaking are from Duke, Wake Forest, Davidson, A&T and Elon.
Although there is no registration fee for conference attendees, online pre-registration is requested. The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at the Koury Business Center on the Elon campus. The conference is jointly sponsored by Elon's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) (learn more at elon.edu/teaching).
Distance learning discount deadline drawing near
The University of Wisconsin's Division of Continuing Studies is hosting the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison Aug. 7 to 9. The gathering is traditionally one of the country's premiere events on distance education, usually bringing together more than 1,000 educators, designers and administrators from K-12 education and healthcare, as well as higher education. Workshop topics this year include creating and distributing educational content for mobile technologies, the role of social media in online classrooms, incorporating Internet video technologies into online courses and classroom instruction and creating eTextbooks.
The registration fee before July 22 is $465; it then increases to $505. For students, the pre-July 16 fee is $260, and then $300 after the cutoff.