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Transforming Nursing Education Conference


As an outgrowth of the Institute’s activities, the Duke University School of Nursing established an annual conference in 2010 that would address the overarching theme of Pursuing Radical Transformation in Nursing Education. The conference is designed to challenge nurse educators to think differently about how we design and do the work of educating the next generation of nurses and leaders. This annual conference features internationally-known experts in education, as well as educators from disciplines other than nursing, and it provides extended opportunities for dialogue about emerging issues and innovations in nursing education. It is an opportunity for those teaching in all types of nursing education programs – practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral – to learn, grow and innovate.

2016 Transformation Conference

On April 22 and 23, 2016, the Duke University School of Nursing hosted its sixth annual conference focusing on the pursuit of radical transformation in nursing education. The particular focus for this year’s conference was Active Learning and Engaging Teaching. (View the schedule.)

The conference kicked off on the morning of April 22 with an insightful keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He regularly presents workshops on effective college teaching around the world, is widely published and has received awards for teaching and pedagogical scholarship. Among the workshop topics presented by Dr. Felder were Active and Inquiry-based Learning, Outcomes-Based Education, and How to Evaluate Teaching. Participants commented on his effective use of humor, the specific examples he provided, his ability to put good teaching into action and his ability to motivate participants. His keynote address and the open dialogue sessions that followed fully engaged Radical Transformation conference attendees and allowed for exploration of ideas relevant to their practice of teaching.

The Radical Transformation conference continued on April 22 and the morning of April 23 with numerous concurrent sessions where attendees had the opportunity to learn from and dialogue with nurse educators who are implementing innovative teaching and evaluation methods and/or who have conducted research related to teaching and learning.

On the afternoon of April 23, individuals had the opportunity to participate in an optional post-conference workshop that was engaging and fun! It was facilitated by Dr. Cary Moskovitz, Duke's director of writing in the disciplines, and engaged participants in activities designed to help them design and evaluate varied writing assignments.

Past Conference Highlights

Year Focus Keynote Speaker
2014 Cultivating Meaningful Collaborations Dr. Lee Shulman, immediate past-president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and an internationally-known award-winning education scholar
2013 Becoming a Student-Centered Teacher Dr. Maryellen Weimer, noted educational scholar, editor of "Faculty Focus" and author of "Learner-Centered Teaching"
2012 Preparing Faculty for the Challenge of Critically Reflective Teaching Dr. Stephen Brookfield, an internationally-known education scholar and author of 15 books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory
2011 What the Best College Teachers Do Dr. Ken Bain, an internationally-known education scholar and author of the award-winning book "What the Best College Teachers Do"
2010 Fostering Our Pedagogical Imagination Dr. Pam Ironside, nursing education leader and scholar who is at the forefront of pedagogical research and development of the science of nursing education