What can instructors do to facilitate learning when they encounter students who seem uninterested and even apathetic toward course content and assignments? Part of the responsibility for learning belongs to students, but as faculty, we can find new ways to motivate, inspire, and maybe even cajole students to learn. This workshop demonstrates and explains how instructors can make classroom learning, perhaps one of the most artificial learning settings, a more meaningful experience for students. The presenter uses theories of learning and motivation as a basis for creating strategies to increase student engagement in course content and class sessions.
Shared by Dr. Phil Langton
Last year I saw Dr. Todd Zakrajsek give the plenary lecture at a Subject Centre (Biosciences) conference - it was brilliant and I've used some ideas in my own teaching and they worked better than I could have imagined.
He observes well, communicates the complex in a way that makes it accessible. He has developed or borrowed some great diversions to use in large lectures and workshops that really do work. I would recommend anyone who lectures to watch these workshops. More so if we contemplate redesigning curricula - we should not without a refresher of this sort - or else we risk pruning out important elements of teaching that works.
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