2018 North Carolina PKAL Regional Network Fall Meeting

Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Strategies

November 30, 2018
Proximity Hotel Conference Center
704 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408

Project Kaleidoscope and North Carolina A&T State University are pleased to announce the 2018 meeting of the North Carolina PKAL Regional NetworkEvidence Based Teaching and Learning Strategies”. The meeting will be held Friday, November 30, 2018 at The Proximity Hotel Conference Center, Greensboro North Carolina. 

Keynote Speaker

Todd ZakrajsekDr. Todd Zakrajsek an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship in the UNC School of Medicine will facilitate the meeting. Dr. Zakrajsek founded or reconfigured, and then directed, centers for teaching and learning at UNC-Chapel Hill, Central Michigan University, and Southern Oregon University (where he also taught as a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology). His current publications and board positions are in the area of faculty development, effective instructional strategies, and student learning. He has been a visiting professor and delivered keynote addresses at approximately 300 campuses and teaching conferences.  Click here to read more about Dr. Zakrajsek.

Meeting sessions and presentations will explore new concepts and ideas focused on evidenced based teaching and learning strategies.


Lecture, engaged learning, flipped classrooms, and service-learning are just a few concepts commonly used when talking about teaching and learning in higher education. There has been a lot of talk about teaching in higher education and it is important to not forget about learning. In this session, we will look at characteristics of effective and efficient learning for all individuals.  Using cognitive load as a framework for better understanding how, as faculty members, we can create better learning opportunities for our students, we will look at the foundations of brain-based learning and evidence-based teaching.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe cognitive load and how this concept is a foundation for all learning.
  2. Implement at least one strategy to decrease extraneous or germane load.
  3. Explain the foundational requirements for brain-based learning and long-term retention of information

Summary Agenda

8:30-9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Project Kaleidoscope - A Brief Overview
9:15-11:30 AM Guest Speaker: Dr. Todd Zakrajasek 
New concepts and ideas focused on evidenced based
teaching and learning strategies
11:30-12:30 PM Lunch 
ACE Implementation Project Overview
PKAL STEM Leadership Institute 
12:30-1:45 PM Guest Speaker: Dr. Todd Zakrajasek
New concepts and ideas focused on evidenced based 
teaching and learning strategies
1:45-2:00 PM Closing Comments and Evaluation

Event Registration

Registration is online. The general registration fee is $50.00 per person; $25 for graduate students and includes lunch. The registration deadline is November 26, 2018; space is limited.

Location and Schedule

The conference will be held at the Proximity Hotel Conference Center at 704 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408. Click here for directions. Registration and continental breakfast run from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. The meeting starts at 9:00 am and concludes at 2:00 pm. 

Event Sponsorship

Sponsored in part by the ACE Implementation Project: Data Science and Analytics Advancing STEM Education at North Carolina A&T State University


For additional information about the 2018 North Carolina PKAL Regional Conference, please contact:

Conference Chairs
Dr. Margaret Kanipes
North Carolina A&T State University

Mr. Louis F. McIntyre, Sr.
Rockingham Community College