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Engaging Minds: Pedagogy and Personalism (2009)

Punya Mishra
Punya Mishra giving the 2009 Teaching and Learning Conference keynote presentation.
The theme of 2009's conference focused on ways that personalism plays out in various teaching practices at DePaul. 

Keynote Presentation: Blurring the Boundaries, The Personal and the Professional in a Webbed World

One of the primary goals of teaching is to make the life of the mind come alive for our students and we attempt to do it any which way we can, manipulating props and ideas to convey a personal and unique connection to our students and the subject matter being taught. As teachers, we want our students to see us as being knowledgeable yet accessible, wise but funny, cerebral but warm, benevolent and yet firm. With increased use of online technology, these paradoxical demands get further complicated because in the online context these contradictory impulses need to be represented through the arcane language of HTML and "channeled" through a bunch of electrons sitting on a web server somewhere. Moreover, the increasing use of content management systems and an emphasis on "standardization" has led to a bland and uniform look and feel for course websites. In his presentation, Dr. Mishra decried such a one-size-fits-all approach, and argued that the design of any course needs to carefully reflect the passions and pedagogical philosophy that drive the instructor. This becomes increasingly important as we move into newer Web 2.0 and social media that blur the boundaries between the personal and professional, between faculty and students.

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Punya Mishra is associate professor of Educational Technology at Michigan State University. His research has focused on the theoretical, cognitive and social aspects related to the design and use of computer based learning environments. He is internationally recognized as the co-developer of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework for teacher knowledge for technology integration. His research has been supported by over $4 million in grants from national and international agencies. Dr. Mishra is a gifted, creative and engaging public speaker, having made multiple keynote and invited presentations for associations and conferences nationally and internationally. He has taught courses and conducted workshops on creativity, innovation and design for educators and business leaders. He has received many accolades for his teaching, including the AT&T-MSU award for Instructional Technology. He is also an accomplished visual artist whose work has been featured in international design and puzzle magazines and websites. You can find out more about him by going to http://punyamishra.com/.


  • Conference Program (319 KB)
  • "The Eyes Have It" [slides  (3,074 KB)].  Dick Farkas , Political Science.
  • "The use of Flip Video in a School of Education Field Experience Course" [slides (842 KB)].  Anna Marie Frank and Kathryn Wiggins, School of Education.
  • "COLT Teaching Excellence Luncheon and Panel" [handout (115 KB)]. 
  • "Public Technologies and Social Networks" [website].  Jim Duignan, School of Education.
  • "Creating a Classroom Community" [website].  Joe Cappo, College of Communication.
  • "Bringing Foreign Language Learning Into Students' Real Lives: [slides (635 KB)].  Li Jin, Modern Languages.
  • "Socially Responsible Personalism: Collaborative Pedagogies for Vincentian Social Engagement of the DePaul Adamson Program for Urban Poverty Reduction" [slides (1,796 KB)].  Marco Tavanti, School for Public Service.
  • "Connecting HR Content to Students’ Job Plans" [slides (158 KB)  Dan Koys, Driehaus College of Business.