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University wide teaching conference learning through experience

Learning Through Experience

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023, in person on the Grafton Campus, 8:30am-3:30pm

Conference Theme:

The Tufts mission and vision statement states our commitment to providing transformative educational experiences for our students, and our aspiration to graduate students who distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world. Across the University there are examples transformative learning experiences both in and outside the classroom. In this year’s University-wide Teaching Conference, we will explore community-engaged learning opportunities that currently exist, and consider how we can expand and improve these rich learning opportunities for our students. We will share effective strategies for structuring these experiences to facilitate both student learning and community partnership.



8:30am - 9:00am  Registration & Breakfast,

9:00am - 10:45am  Welcome, Panel & Student Video

11:00am – 12:00pm  Concurrent workshops and roundtable discussions

12:00pm – 1:15pm  Lunch & Lawn Games, Campus tours

1:30pm – 2:30pm  Concurrent workshops and roundtable discussions

2:45pm - 4:00pm  Teaching with Technology Awards, Poster Viewing & Dessert Bar

Download the day's schedule as a PDF

Workshop & Roundtable Presentations

Poster & Workshop Descriptions

Title Presenter(s)
Unlearning the Learning Environment: A virtual experiment in student-centered learning in a professor-led academic setting. Sora Johnson & Katrina Sarson (Friedman)
Framework for a Community- Based Learning Program Cynthia Yered, Karin Arsenault, Martha Forero, Kathryn Dolan, & John Morgan (Dental)
Teaching, Learning and Conducting Research Around Serious Health Topics with Community Partners in Boston's Chinatown Tamara Vesel &

Michelle M. Richardson (TUSM)

Roundtable: Learning Beyond Lecture and Text: The Why and How of Integrating Experiential Educational Activities into Any Course Dana Grossman Leeman (CELT)
Collaborating across expertise: Using Multi-disciplinary Case Studies to Help Students Develop

Critical Thinking and Science Literacy Skills

Melissa Kosinski-Collins &

Ariana Hinckley-Boltax (Vet)

A Pup with a Broken Leg: A Veterinary Case Study Exploring Student-Driven Spectrum of Care Decisions and Communication Training at Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic Jennifer Grady, Yuki Nakayama,

& Emily McCobb (Vet)

Working with Horses to Create a Collaborative Community Angie Warner, Virginia Rentko,

Eric Richman, & Beth Timlege (Vet)

Experiential Learning & Instructional Practice Milo Koretsky, & Vesal Dini  (SoE & A&S)
Building Community and Reinventing the Image of Science and Engineering (the RISE Advising Seminar) through Storytelling Ellise LaMotte, Grace Caldara, Sehba Hasan,

& Tara Zantow (A&S & SoE)

ChatGPT, Spontaneity, and Student Self-Assessment Lauren Wilwerding (A&S)
Roundtable: Providing Authentic Learning Experiences

without Leaving Campus

Tina Woolston, Dano Weisbord, & Annie Leonard (Office of Sustainability)
Civic Engagement in the Classroom:

Building a Toolkit of Best Practices

Sherri Sklarwitz, Sunah Hyun, Jessye Crowe-Rothstein, &b Jenna Logue (Tisch)
The Ethical Aspects of Community Engaged Veterinary Medicine: A Case Study of the Need for Guidelines Erin K. King, Emily McCobb,

& Brittany Watson (Vet)



  • Use Your (Student) Resources: How Academic Coaching Can Improve Student Experience and Impact Learning, Katherine Swimm (StAAR Center)
  • Tufts Dental School Northern New England Dental Student Mentorship Program, Cynthia A. Yered, Kevin Driscoll, & Maggie Norcross Devin (Dental)
  • Learning Through Experience: Un-grading the Stat class: A Magical Potion, Shayesteh Jahanfar, (TUSM)
  • Engaging students in the community: A Framework for Civic Life and the Importance of Structured Reflection, Erin K. King, Emily McCobb (Vet)
  • From Obstetrics to Genetics to Ethics: How Dog Breeders are Teaching Veterinary Students to Unpack Their Biases and Form Sustainable Partnerships, Meera Gatlin (Vet)

Campus Tours

  • Cummings School campus, Led by Dr. Nick Frank, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Joseph Kelley, DVM Simulation Laboratory, Led by Mike Santasieri, Simulation Lab Manager
  • Teaching hospitals, Led by Dr Cheryl Blaze and Dr Thomas Jenei


Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 200 Westboro Rd, North Grafton, MA 01536

Parking is available and free, the MBTA commuter rail stops next to the campus on the Worcester commuter rail


Call for Proposals Now Closed

Proposal Deadline, Friday, March 31st 2023


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