Greg Valde is the Director of the LEARN Center and the Teaching Scholars Program and Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the psychological foundations of education.   The LEARN Center is the faculty development unit at UW-Whitewater, providing an array of teaching and learning enhancement services for the campus.  The UW-W Teaching Scholars Program identifies a small group of faculty each year for participation in an intensive teaching and learning experience.  Greg is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the College of Education Teaching Award and the university W.P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award.  His most recently published works focus on the development of excellence in college teaching. He has toured the U.S. widely, including in the summer of 1968, when his family bought a new Oldsmobile station wagon and headed west to California.  If you’ve read this far, Greg thinks you really ought to consider reevaluating your reading and life priorities.

 

 

 

 

Abstract:

Teaching for Engagement & Student Learning: 
10 Things Every College Teacher Should Know

What should every college teacher know about how students learn? 
And what should we all know about how to teach?
Are there basic concepts and findings in educational theory and research
that might inform our work?
How can we utilize that information to improve the planning, teaching, and assessment practices in our courses?
And are there questions we need to ask and answer before we can really begin to plan an effective course?

Have you ever wondered why others teach the way they do?  Or pondered the difference between merely adequate teaching and excellent teaching? Have you ever heard of Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive objectives? Or a taxonomy of affective objectives? 
Have you ever wondered about the 3 basic principles of human memory? 
Certainly you’ve been searching for the seven steps in effective traditional instruction?  Or yearned for research-based alternatives to traditional instruction? 
Maybe you would just like to use the word constructivism in a coherent sentence?
Or just to sleep better knowing that your objectives and teaching practices are more closely aligned?

These topics and questions will be explored in this interactive and entertaining workshop.
A variety of basic concepts and research findings about teaching and learning will be presented and discussed.  There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and dialogue – as well as a structured opportunity to apply these principles to revising a selected course. 

Participants should bring a syllabus, assignments, tests, etc. from one of their courses as they will be provided time and structure to rethink and revise that course as desired. 
A laptop loaded with these documents might be even more helpful.