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Center for Teaching & Learning

JCKL 1340
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8528

Center for Teaching & Learning

May 11, 2016


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The Center for Teaching and Learning and General Education Subcommittee of the University Council for Student Development proudly present Dr. Linda Nilson

Dr. Linda Nilson is the founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University. She has published many articles and book chapters and has given over 400 keynotes, webinars, and live workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities. She has spoken on topics related to course design, best teaching practices, assessment, scholarly productivity, and academic career matters.


How the Mind Works

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Union 237 B - Kitterman Room


It is much more efficient and rewarding to teach in consonance with the way the mind operates than against it, and learning and cognitive psychology has a lot to tell us about the workings of the mind. This workshop will help you orient your teaching methods and materials accordingly. It provides an intensive overview of the leading cognitive science theories and research and how we can apply them in our day­ to ­day teaching to enhance our students' learning. Specifically, it focuses on the effects of distractions and multitasking, some of the new technologies, personal relevance, emotions, repetition/practice, and structure on the major prerequisites for and dimensions of student learning: attention, focus, depth of processing, pattern recognition, retention, and retrieval.


How to Get Your Students to do and Comprehend the Readings

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Union 237 B - Kitterman Room


The core out-of-­class assignment that we give our students is readings. Without incentives to do so, not many college level students regularly do the assigned readings. With some students, the problem is not just reading noncompliance but also low reading comprehension. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to view reading assignments, their difficulty, and their relative costs and benefits through the average student’s eyes and to explain reading noncompliance and poor comprehension as a complex interplay of students' skills, values, and experience and our own misconceptions and behavior. Then, working from this research ­based understanding of the problem; you will consider what can and should be done about it.


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