Workshop 1: Teaching for the 21st Century
America's global future depends in no small part on whether colleges and universities produce graduates who can use their knowledge and skills, who can synthesize and evaluate, and who can problem solve and create. When many of us began our careers, little was known about how to help students develop these abilities. There is robust empirical evidence today, however, indicating that learning environments can be structured in ways that promote deep learning; cognitive and personal development that supports the application of knowledge and skills to new situations can be fostered through new forms of pedagogy. This is true for all students, not just those that are high achievers already. To accomplish such a transformation of college learning requires that those responsible for delivering undergraduate education must themselves become learners.
This workshop will provide an up-to-date review of approaches known to foster deep learning and demonstrate, through the design of the presentation itself, how such approaches can be embedded in teaching. Workshop participants will acquire new knowledge, use that new knowledge in a specific context, and receive feedback on their performance. Whether teaching faculty, education specialists, or administrators, participants will leave with a clear vision not only of how to prepare students for the future, but of how they as individuals can promote change within their institutions.