For Immediate Release:
November 3, 2011
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Edith Kennedy, Associate Dean of Instruction for the Fauquier Campus of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) recently presented at the annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). The conference was held October 20-23, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and focused on “Transforming the Academy Through the Theory and Practice of SOTL.” Society members attended the conference from several countries.
Kennedy’s presentation was titled, “Technology and Iterative Learning: A Study of Blogs, Wikis, and E-Portfolios,” and shared results of a study of technology-based assignments and student outcomes. This original, scholarly research information indicated that students are more engaged and prepared for class, are participating actively, and learning more when they are given technology-based assignments that are pedagogically sound. According to Kennedy, “Innovation is not enough – we need to examine our teaching practices to assure that they are sound, not just new and different.”
The ISSOTL serves faculty, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning and the society’s goal is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching. More information on the society can be found at its website, http://www.issotl.org/ .
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.