'Lecturing Can Be Active Learning' focus of March 22 Schreyer Institute session

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dr. Todd D. Zakrajsek, associate professor of family medicine and associate director of the Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, will present “Lecturing Can Be Active Learning: A New Evidence-Based Approach to an Old Debate” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in 508 Rider Building at University Park.

The presentation is sponsored by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Penn State.

Within the field of educational psychology are concepts and terms that lie at the foundation of effective teaching and efficient learning. This session will explore metacognition, scaffolding and cognitive load, as well as new teaching strategies that can be implemented based on these concepts. In addition, attendees will be able to better understand why lecture versus active learning is a false dichotomy.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

— explain how the concepts of metacognition, scaffolding and cognitive load directly inform how we teach and how students learn;

— describe one way to lessen cognitive load for students so that they may better learn the foundational material in the course; and

— argue the position that we should stop talking about "lecturing versus active learning" and instead focus on the underlying aspects of creating an effective learning environment for our students.

Registration is free. To register, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/events?date=March.

Last Updated March 21, 2018