Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning - In-person Workshop
Presented by James M. Lang, Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College
Thursday, 2/27/2020, 10:35 - 11:35 a.m.
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park

Research from the learning sciences and from a variety of educational settings suggests that a small number of key principles can improve learning in almost any type of college or university course, from traditional lectures to flipped classrooms. This workshop will introduce some of those principles, offer practical suggestions for how they might foster positive change in higher education teaching and learning, and guide faculty participants to consider how these principles might manifest themselves in their current and upcoming courses.  

James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016), Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008). His next book, Teaching Distracted Minds, will be published by Basic Books in late 2020. Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where his work has been appearing since 1999.

This workshop is sponsored by:

  • Center for Excellence in Science Education
  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education
  • Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Undergraduate Education
  • University Libraries
  • The Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy (C-PAD)