Leading Voices Come to NOVA

CETL’s Spring Speaker Series:  Leading Voices Come to NOVA.  The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is very proud to present interactive workshops that will allow you to explore alternatives to the isolated, lecture-based classroom! Mark your calendars for one or more of the events.

Register at  http://www.nvcc.edu/cetl/training/

February  22 – Dr. Ken Bain, University of the District of Columbia
9:00 AM — What the Best College Teachers (And Students) Do|
12:30 PM – Fostering Deep Learning Workshop, limited to 30 participants
Waddell Theater on the Loudoun Campus, sponsored by the office of the Loudoun Provost

March 29th  – Dr. Ike Shibley, Penn State Berks
Rethinking Learning in an Information Age.
9 AM to Noon – talk and hands-on workshop in the CE Forum at Annandale

Knowledge may have once been housed primarily in universities but the advent of technology (starting with the printing press and advancing through the Khan Academy and MOOCs) has made knowledge widely available. Learning in the 21stCentury means more than being exposed to content: learning involves changing the way a person thinks. And learning can be facilitated effective deployment of technology…

The pedagogical notion that students construct knowledge aligns with what is currently known about the neurobiology of learning. In this workshop we will examine some of the technology that facilitates learning outside of class such as screencasting, online quizzes, collaborative online tools, multimedia activities, and technology for students to create new learning. We will also explore the types of active learning possible in the newly liberated face-to-face time such as clickers and white boards. If you are interested in exploring ways to help students learn more using technology then this workshop is for you!

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • — explain multiple types of technology being used in higher education
  • –reflect on their own teaching practices to identify better methods for helping students to learn
  • –explain the major types of design for college courses

April 19 – Dr. Robert Beichner, North Carolina State University

Learn about flipped classrooms — what do you actually do in these classrooms?
: The Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies
9 AM to Noon – talk and hands-on workshop. Manassas Innovations Center

From Dr. Beichner’s web site:

Educational research indicates that students should collaborate on interesting tasks and be deeply involved with the material they are studying. We promote active learning in a redesigned classroom of 100 students or more. (Of course, smaller classes can also benefit.) We believe the SCALE-UP Project has the potential to radically change the way large classes are taught at colleges and universities. The social interactions between students and with their teachers appears to be the “active ingredient” that make the approach work. As more and more instruction is handled virtually via technology, the relationship-building capability of brick and mortar institutions becomes even more important. The pedagogical methods and classroom management techniques we design and disseminate are general enough to be used in a wide variety of classes at many different types of colleges.

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