All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar on Friday, November 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Forum Ernst Center, Annandale Campus. The speaker will be Professor Robert Loser, retired NOVA faculty and instructional designer, and his topic will be “The Science of Learning- How to Be a Better Student.” There will be a meet and greet and light refreshments from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the CE Forum.
We are all natural learners, gifted by evolution with brains that cannot help but learn. Why, then, can classroom learning be such hard work? Participants will look at the research on learning for explanations and for learning strategies that have been proven more effective than the ones we often use intuitively. This session will help attendees understand how brains learn so that individuals can better manage their own education.
Loser recently retired after a 40-year career as an educator. He began his career teaching mathematics, science and adult literacy as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. As an instructional designer, he was a pioneer in the field of computer-based instruction and helped to build NOVA’s well-known online learning program and has mentored faculty and staff at NOVA and the Virginia Community College System.
As a professor of education, he taught numerous professional development courses and workshops for faculty on online teaching, online course development and teaching for critical thinking. His special interest has been the science of learning, and he has been a frequent presenter on this topic at professional development conferences. In 2014, he was awarded a NOVA Presidential Sabbatical to develop a course for faculty on the science of learning.
Loser is a supporter of NOVA’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), chairing its first advisory committee in 2008, helping to develop its mission and serving as a faculty associate in 2011-2012. His master’s and specialist degrees in adult education are from Florida State University.
This event is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Division; and the Lyceum Committee, Annandale Campus.