Thanks to all of our presenters and attendees who made our 7th annual Active Learning Leaders Conference a success!
What do past participants like about the conference?
- Actively learning while learning active learning techniques. It’s nicely designed
- All the break-out sessions were great and it was difficult to narrow down and appreciated that some sessions were repeated at different times.
- Content of sessions- lots of great ideas. really well organized – great food! Connection with other educators.
- Each of the workshops I attended offered techniques that will be easy to implement.
- Everything was worthwhile. The presenters were encouraging and engaging. I learned something in every session.
- So many fantastic ideas! Loved the agenda booklet too — room for notes & sticky note contacts
- The location in Rancho Bernardo and the hand outs. A relaxed, calm and informal atmosphere made any tension float away.
- The practical, in class activities some of the presenters offered. Also the diversity of fields and experiences represented
- The variety of topics offered. The hands-on activities. Well organized, delicious food, thank you!
- This conference is always an inspiration and helpful. It provides practical tools to improve the classroom experience.
- This is my first time so I liked everything! Leaving with great ideas.
- This is my second and it is just incredible. So motivating and interesting! I feel energized and will attend again next year!
- This is my third year attending and I learn something new every year!
- This was awesome! so many great ideas!
- What I like the best where the applications. They let us see how to implement the ideas and kept us engaged
What Is Learner-Centered Teaching?
- Is where the focus is on the student as learner.
- Seeks to improve student learning and success, rather than on the mere transmission of information.
- Describes a concept and a practice in which students and professors learn from one another.
- Proposes a global shift away from instruction that is fundamentally teacher-centered (such as a traditional lecture
- Focuses on learner-centered teaching using active learning techniques (termed “guide on the side”).
- Not intended to diminish the importance of the instructional side of the classroom experience.
- Includes other activities that produce desirable learning outcomes.
- Articulate what they expect students to learn
- Designs educational experiences to advance student learning
- Provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their success in achieving those expectations.
Adapted from: Learner-Centered Teaching and Education (A University of Southern California Resource for Faculty) at: http://cet.usc.edu/resources/teaching_learning/docs/LearnerCentered_Resource_final.pdf
Ref: Handelsman, et al., 2004: Scientific Teaching, Science: Vol. 304 no. 5670 pp. 521-52.