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Todd Zakrajsek Faculty Development Workshops


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Are you looking for ways to engage your students and to help them learn?  We are pleased to announce a few opportunities to do so!  Please consider attending one or more of the faculty development opportunities listed below.  Todd Zakrajsek is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina who had dedicated his practice and scholarship to working with faculty to develop teaching strategies that support student engagement and success in the classroom.  He is a very engaging speaker, and his sessions at teaching conferences are always full!

For a taste of his style, see his brief 2015 TEDx talk at

For questions, please contact Stacey Souther at x2523 or Lindsay English at x3610.

Faculty Development Workshops
There are three opportunities for faculty to engage in meaningful dialogue and learning with Todd. Pre-registration in TEC is strongly encouraged. Each event is worth 1 Service Credit or 1 SEU towards the Adjunct Stipend program. Light refreshments will be served at each event.

Faculty Workshop #1
Teaching for Student Learning
There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach. Students themselves often do not fully understand their own cognitive processes, typically relying on implicit assumptions and trial-and-error to learn new material. The good news is that research provides clear evidence pertaining to what works best in the classroom with respect to human motivation and learning. This session is designed to provide you with evidence about how students learn, show you methods to get students more involved in the content, and demonstrate relevant applications from pedagogical research that can be used in just about any class. You will even have the opportunity to try out a few classroom strategies designed to increase student engagement.
Monday, March 27, 2017
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Jerry Sue Thornton Center (JSTC), Ford Room

 Faculty Workshop #2
Motivating and Engaging your Students: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning
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. In this workshop we will explore how instructors can make classroom learning, perhaps one of the most artificial learning settings, a more meaningful experience for students. The workshop facilitator will use theories of learning and motivation as a basis for creating strategies to increase student engagement in course content and class sessions.
Monday, March 27, 2017
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Jerry Sue Thornton Center (JSTC), Ford Room

Tea @ the CLE Book Discussion
Meet teaching and learning expert and author Todd Zakrajsek as he leads a discussion based on his book, The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain. Pre-register in TEC to receive a free copy of the book (limited quantities available).
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Eastern Campus, East Mandel Humanities Center (EMHC), room 240

Student Workshops
In addition to the faculty development workshops, Todd will be conducting two student workshops on Westshore and Eastern Campus. If you are interested in bringing your class, please contact the Office of Student Life.
Click here for the East campus flyer
Click here for the Westshore Campus flyer

Student Workshop #1
Study Less and Learn More: Applying the New Science of Learning
Monday, March 27, 2017
Corporate College West, room 112
9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Contact: Lilah Wiant at x5929

Student Workshop #2
Study Less and Learn More: Applying the New Science of Learning
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Eastern Campus, Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Contact: Melissa Swafford at x2044


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