Reflection Session for the Instructional Foundations Series Participants
Facilitated by Deena Levy and Larkin Hood
Tuesday, 3/20/2018, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
315 Rider Building, University Park

Deena Levy (portrait)Larkin Hood (portrait)This is a required event for participants in the Instructional Foundations Series.

Participants will reflect on beliefs and practices about teaching and learning in light of participation in other workshops, personal teaching experiences, and classroom observations

Lecturing Can Be Active Learning: A New Evidence-Based Approach to an Old Debate
Presented by Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Thursday, 3/22/2018, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
508 Rider Building, University Park

Todd Zakrajsek (portrait)

Within the field of educational psychology are concepts and terms that lie at the foundation of effective teaching and efficient learning. Within this one session we will explore metacognition, scaffolding, and cognitive load, as well as new teaching strategies you might implement based on these concepts. In addition, we will use these concepts to better understand why lecture versus active learning is a false dichotomy. This session will have an immediate impact on how you teach!

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. explain how the concepts of metacognition, scaffolding, and cognitive load directly inform how we teach and how students learn;
  2. describe one way to lessen cognitive load for students so that they may better learn the foundational material in the course; and
  3. argue the position that we should stop talking about "lecturing versus active learning" and instead focus on the underlying aspects of creating an effective learning environment for our students.

Dr. Zakrajsek is an associate professor of Family Medicine and associate director of the Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. His most recent publication is Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness (Stylus Publishing, 2017).

Teaching So All Your Students Are Included
Monday, 3/26/2018,
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