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Dr. Maryellen Weimer

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Learner-Centered Teaching

August 31, 2011

Resources from Presentation
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 learning, 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 were the focus of an interactive presentation on teaching that promotes learning. It was based on the Dr. Weimer'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.

Successful Implementing Change
So, 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 questions 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?

Dr. Wiemer is the 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)

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