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This regional conference focuses on critical challenges in teaching and learning and how to address them.
The keynote presentation will be followed by a luncheon and breakout sessions on related topics, facilitated by Temple University faculty.
Keynote: Critical Challenges in Teaching and Learning
There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach. Students themselves often do not fully understand their own cognitive processes, typically relying on implicit assumptions and trial-and-error to learn new material. Research provides clear evidence pertaining to what works best in the classroom and important considerations regarding human learning. In this session we will review a few recent areas of research that have demonstrated positive effects with respect to student learning and where to find emerging information that is relatively easy to understand and apply to any course.
Keynote Speaker: Todd Zakrajsek
Todd Zakrajsek is the Director of the International Teaching Learning Cooperative and 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. Todd currently directs two Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning, one annually in Traverse City, Michigan, and the other in Bethesda, Maryland. He co-directs the International Conference on Improving University Teaching, to be held this year in Innsbruck, Austria. 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 38 states and 6 countries.