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Spring 2014 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Critical Challenges in Teaching and Learning
and How to Best Address those Challenges

Thursday, January 9, 2014 
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Regency Room, Holmes Student Center

by Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill



There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach. The good news is that research provides clear evidence pertaining to what works best in the classroom with respect to human motivation and learning. This session is designed to provide you with evidence about how students learn, show you methods to get students more involved in the content, and demonstrate relevant applications from pedagogical research that can help you to overcome common challenges we all face in the classroom. Participants will try out some classroom activities designed to increase student engagement and explore how to create great opportunities to further facilitate their learning.

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Todd 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. Todd currently directs two Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning. Todd also sits on two educationally related boards: ERI for Lenovo Computer and TEI for Microsoft. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 am
8:55 am
Welcome and introductions
9:00 am
- Challenges for Attention: Methods to Keep Students "In" Class
- Teaching to a Variety of Learning Preferences
- What Does it Mean to "Know" Something
10:00 am
Refreshment break
10:15 am
- What if Everyone Doesn't Get a Trophy: Real Feedback
- Metacognition: Knowing When you Know
- Teaching Students How to Learn
12:00 pm
Conclusion and workshop evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This workshop is for NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS & Civil Service teaching staff only.  Registered participants will receive workshop materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire morning. 

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013. Registration is now closed.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center at by Friday, January 3, 2014 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the workshop and workshop costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014