Event Title

Teaching for Learning: Applying Current Research to Improve Learning for Your Students

Location

Melnick

Format

Keynote

Start Date

21-1-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

21-1-2017 9:45 AM

Abstract

A proliferation of research findings have emerged recently pertaining to teaching and student learning: flipped classrooms, neuroscience applications in university students, biological bases for effective learning, and strategies to move from lectures to active learning. Unfortunately, most faculty simply don’t have time to keep up with the research articles and identify specifically how the findings pertain to actual students in actual classrooms. In this session, we will look at recent evidence that holds promise for improving student learning. We will focus specifically on concepts, strategies, and tips that can be easily implemented into just about any learning environment. By the end of this session, participants will: (1) have a better understanding of at least three key findings that apply to just about any learning situation; (2) recognize at least two commonly accepted practices that have limited support so these traps can be avoided; and (3) determine how to implement at least one new engaged learning strategy.

About the Author

Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Zakrajsek is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, he was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor. Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs four National Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and one International Teaching Conference. He also sits on two educationally related boards and several editorial boards for journals in the area of teaching and learning (e.g., Education Research Initiative for Lenovo Computer, Technology Enhanced Instruction for Microsoft, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching). Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. Dr. Zakrajsek is an international speaker who is requested regularly for keynote presentations and campus workshops, having published and presented widely on the topic of effective teaching and student learning.

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Jan 21st, 9:00 AM Jan 21st, 9:45 AM

Teaching for Learning: Applying Current Research to Improve Learning for Your Students

Melnick

A proliferation of research findings have emerged recently pertaining to teaching and student learning: flipped classrooms, neuroscience applications in university students, biological bases for effective learning, and strategies to move from lectures to active learning. Unfortunately, most faculty simply don’t have time to keep up with the research articles and identify specifically how the findings pertain to actual students in actual classrooms. In this session, we will look at recent evidence that holds promise for improving student learning. We will focus specifically on concepts, strategies, and tips that can be easily implemented into just about any learning environment. By the end of this session, participants will: (1) have a better understanding of at least three key findings that apply to just about any learning situation; (2) recognize at least two commonly accepted practices that have limited support so these traps can be avoided; and (3) determine how to implement at least one new engaged learning strategy.