Better Teaching – Better Learning
This interactive session will provide an introduction to evidence-based teaching and learning to help faculty consider ways that they might enhance their courses to improve student learning. The session will also provide an overview of the UA Learning Initiative, which is an approved Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Quality Initiative designed to enhance and support student learning through integrated programs for both faculty and students. The initiatives are focused on leading faculty and students through discussion and activities to increase understanding of strategies that can improve student learning and enhance retention of learned content and concepts. Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs), at the core of the UA Learning Initiative, typically have 6-10 members from a wide variety of disciplines, some with considerable experience using evidence-based teaching strategies and some with very little experience but a high level of interest. FLC members read and discuss relevant literature including Make it Stick by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel, 2014, and Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang, 2016. Members practice implementing new strategies in their classes, conduct peer observations and engage in meaningful dialog about the effectiveness of the various approaches.
(Different room than usual)