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Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching

Friday, October 13, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
Thomas Cooper Library
1322 Greene St
Columbia, SC 29208


All USC faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in the eighth annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching. Join colleagues from across USC campuses for this free one-day symposium focused on sharing best practices in teaching. The event will include lunch with our keynote speaker, Ken Bain, a choice of Concurrent Sessions presented by your colleagues at USC and a closing reception featuring door prizes and traditional Oktoberfest fare.

Oktoberbest is free to all who teach or support teaching at USC, but is not open to the general public.


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Keynote Speaker

Ken Bain
Best Teachers Institute

Ken Bain, President of the Best Teachers Institute, spent much of his academic career at Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and NYU, before becoming Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of History and Urban Education (National Center for Urban Education), University of the District of Columbia, a post he left in July 2013. He was the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University. 

Bain’s now classic book, "What the Best College Teachers Do," won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society, and has been one of the top selling books on higher education. The sequel, "What the Best College Students Do,"won the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize in 2012, and has become an international best seller.



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