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Fall 2008 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

  • Overteaching: When is Less Really More?
  • Selecting Effective Instructional Methods
  • A Simple Way to Drive Content, Promote Thinking, and Assess Learning

Robert Noyd, Ph.D.
United States Air Force Academy

Friday, August 15, 2008
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


Overteaching – When is less really more? 
In teaching-intense environments, instructors may subconsciously be short-circuiting the learning process by doing too much for students - too much of the thinking, too much of the mental processing, too much of the work, and taking on too much of the responsibility for student success. What defines overteaching? What factors contribute to overteaching? Are you prone to overteaching? Where do you draw the line? Through a series of individual reflections, small group exercises, and large group discussion, you will examine your teaching beliefs, decisions, and behaviors. The goal of this session is to gain personal insight and a healthy perspective on your work as instructors in the service of student learning.

Selecting Effective Instructional Methods
Effective instructional methods guide students to achieve meaningful learning. The method you select depends on the learning goal and the way it will be assessed. This session will present two different methods to accomplish the same learning goal to initiate a discussion into the considerations of choosing different methods of instruction. We will discuss the medium and social context in which instruction is delivered, the background and level of engagement required of students, the role of the instructor, the level of instructor control, the degree of preparation, the extent of content coverage, and student workload.

A Simple Way to Drive Content, Promote Thinking, and Assess Learning
This session will show participants how to design and build an effective teaching and learning tool called a note taker. Note takers are a type of handout that shifts the learner's task from building a complete set of notes to interacting with, and understanding the information presented. Building a note taker promotes effective teaching by honing the instructional message, designing learning tasks, and revealing thinking. The goal of the session is to have participants produce a thumbnail sketch of a notetaker for one of their upcoming lessons.

Tentative Agenda:

  Morning Session   Afternoon Session
Check-in and Refreshments
Selecting Effective Instructional Methods (cont.)
Overteaching-When is Less Really More?
A Simple Way to Drive Content, Promote Thinking, and Assess Learning
Refreshment Break
Overteaching-When is Less Really More? (cont.)
Refreshment Break
Designing a Note taker for Your Course
Selecting Effective Instructional Methods
Presentation of Certificates and Institute Evaluation

About Robert Noyd:

Robert Noyd
Robert Noyd

Robert Noyd, Ph.D., a professor of Biology and the former Director of Faculty Development at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he teaches botany, general biology, senior seminar courses. Dr. Noyd’s science education experience includes teaching at the secondary, community college, liberal arts college, and university levels. He has developed an extensive array of course materials for the national market. Bob is well-known for his faculty and curriculum development innovations including works with classroom observations, microteaching, and course design. He is also noted for creative teaching approaches such as using advance organizers, concept maps, and “notetakers.”

Registration Information:

This workshop is open only to NIU faculty and staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Advanced registration is required. Please register early. Provide your name, title, department, phone, NIU email address, and special accommodations if needed. Please contact the Center if you do not receive a response or an email confirmation of your registration within two working days.

Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by Monday, August 11, 2008 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend.

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 25, 2008

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 7/14/2014