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Guest Speaker Dr. Maryellen Weimer


Learner-Centered Teaching


On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, CETL hosted guest speaker, Dr. Maryellen Weimer, who presented two interactive sessions on effective teaching practices, based on her book, Learner-Centered Teaching.

Teaching that Promotes Learning (pdf)
A Process for Implementing Change Successfully (pdf)
Resources on Learner-Centered Teaching (pdf)

Teaching that Promotes Learning
If a professor aspires to teach in ways that promote LearnerCenteredTeachinglearning, what does that teacher do about the nuts and bolts of instructional practice?  What about attendance and other classroom policies?  What kinds of assignments, tests and grading criteria foster learning? What about group work and others kinds of student collaboration? Which instructional methods facilitate learning best?  These questions will be the focus of an interactive presentation on teaching that promotes learning.  It will be based on the presenter's book, Learner-Centered Teaching, that links the research on learning to five areas of instructional practice that directly influence how much and how well students learn.

Successfully Implementing Change
So, you've been to the morning session or another workshop offered by CETL and you've got a new idea you'd like to implement in one of your classes.  How do you go about doing that?  Many faculty use the Nike approach; they just do it.  Alternatively, there are a series of question that if answered, greatly increase the likelihood that changes implemented will positively affect student's learning experiences.  They are questions like, what criteria did you use to decide on one change or another?  How might this new idea or approach need to be adapted given how you teach, what you teach and who you teach?  How will you know if it's been successful and ought to be used again? Maryellen returns in the afternoon to explore these questions and others during this interactive session on successfully implementing change.

Dr. Maryellen Weimer Bio:

Author of:
Classroom Communication: Collected Readings for Effective Discussion and Questioning
(with Rose Ann Neff)

How Am I Teaching?Forms and Activities for Acquiring Instructional Input
(with Joan Parrett and Mary-Margaret Kerns)

Teaching College: Collected Readings for the New Instructor
(with Rose Ann Neff)

Maryellen Weimer has over 25 years of experience in college teaching. She is a well-known writer, speaker, and proponent of effective teaching practices. She was the director of the Instructional Development Program at Pennsylvania State University for ten years and served as associate director at the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.

Maryellen has authored numerous books and presents at workshops and conferences throughout the US and Canada. Currently, she is professor of Speech Communications at Berks Lehigh Valley College of Pennsylvania State and is editor of the "Teaching Professor" newsletter.

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