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2019 Winter Intersession Workshop 

Thinking Critically About the Science of Learning: Concepts, Evidence, and Applications for Your Classroom


Date:  Thursday, January 17, 2019

Location:  Jackson Avenue Center

Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free to UM Faculty and Lunch Provided

Workshop Registration Form




Thinking Critically about the Science of Learning: Concepts, Evidence, and Applications for Your Classroom

There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach. Through the years, many instructional strategies have arrived with claims of solving some great teaching & learning shortfall. Some of these strategies show great promise, while other recent educational propositions are now considered learning myths. Knowing how best to teach in a given situation is challenging and requires critical thinking about the strategies we employ. 

This workshop will provide you a strategy to think critically about the way students learn, how to motivate students to engage in course material, and how to apply effective teaching strategies in any class. The goal is for you to leave with an evidence-based way to select instructional techniques that best support students’ learning in the context of your course.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • summarize foundational concepts about how students learn,
  • identify methods that get students more involved in the content,
  • describe common elements of all effective learning situations,
  • assess effectiveness of various teaching approaches
  • create relevant learning strategies that can be used in individual classes.

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek UNC School of Medicine

Todd Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine. Prior to his work in the School of Medicine, Dr. Zakrajsek was the Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs three Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and 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 holds positions on editorial boards for several journals and has both published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries.

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