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Higginbotham Presents at Teaching Conference in D.C.


By Naudia O’Steen

Lee University’s Dr. JoAnn Higginbotham recently presented an interactive poster session at the 13th annual Teaching Professor Conference held in Washington D.C.

Higginbotham’s presentation, titled “Language That Lasts: Significant Learning in an Introductory Thai Class,” incorporated ideas from leading education consultant Dee Fink’s taxonomy on significant learning. Higginbotham had incorporated Fink’s ideas into the beginner Thai language course she teaches at Lee to shape new learning goals and improve learning and assessment activities.
Dr. JoAnn Higginbotham Presents in D.C.
Dr. JoAnn Higginbotham in D.C.


Her presentation discussed the key points of Fink’s taxonomy which include foundation knowledge, application, integration, human dimension, caring, and learning how to learn.

“Bringing together teaching-focused faculty from diverse campuses generated optimistic insights into how to refresh education in order to generate better results from students,” said Higginbotham. “Participants left with creative ideas, resources, and proven strategies to implement in their classrooms.”

Higginbotham has been a member of the Lee faculty since 1981. Prior to Lee, she was a curriculum specialist and elementary teacher at the International School in Bangkok, Thailand.

At Lee, she teaches courses in the teacher education program as well as graduate courses in the master’s program. She also directs the Thailand Summer Study Program and supervises the student teaching program to Bangkok.

In addition to her many academic articles, Higginbotham has written contributions to several books and serves as a referee for two education diversity journals.

The Teaching Professor Conference is for professors at campuses around the country. It includes public, private, traditional, and online colleges and universities and focuses on effective teaching and featured presentations focusing on instructional design, activities that engage students, teaching specific student populations, ways to keep teaching fresh and invigorated, creating climates for learning, and faculty development.

“I love the Teaching Professor Conference because it involves cutting-edge learning for all types of educators,” said Higginbotham. “I always find something in the learning sessions that I can apply to one or several of my classes.”

For more information about the conference, visit Teaching Professors.

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