A Great Success – Spring Speaker Series – Rethinking Learning in an Information Age


On 29 March 2013 the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) hosted Dr. Ike Shibley as part of the Spring Speaker Series. Dr. Shibley serves as an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Program Coordinator at Penn State Berks College, Pennsylvania State University System. A video of the workshop will be available on the CETL Blog.

Rethinking Learning in an Information Age, the theme of the workshop addressed how technology changes and improves (or not) student learning. Forty-four of your fellow faculty participated in this three-hour workshop. Participants in this active workshop reflected on their own teaching practices and identified better methods for helping students learn. One key discussion focused on major types of design (or redesign) for college courses (i.e., the flipped classroom). Another discussion examined multiple types of technology currently used in higher education and how participants could use/do use these technologies.

The next workshop of the 2013 Spring Speaker Series is titled S.C.A.L.E U.P. The Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies and takes place on 19 April 2013 from 9:00AM – NOON at the Manassas Innovation Center. You can register here: http://www.nvcc.edu/cetl/training/.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Beichner, Director of North Carolina State STEM Initiative, North Carolina State University, will discuss how changes in student backgrounds impact what happens in the classroom. Educational research indicates that students should collaborate on interesting tasks and be deeply involved with the material they are studying. Dr.Beichner’s SCALE-UP Project has the potential to radically change the way … classes are taught at colleges and universities. Social interaction is the active ingredient that makes the SCALE-UP approach work.

Participants will review the history of traditional lecture-hall classrooms are migrating to state-of-the-art technology-based alternatives. No technology experience required. Through hands-on activities, workshop attendees can see how to transition their current lessons to more active, technology-based instruction.

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