Texas Tech University

The John M. Burns Conference



Morning Session: Teaching for Learning: Choosing and Using High-Impact Instructional Strategies

Most of us teaching in colleges and universities today have heard about many different instructional approaches and activities we might use in our courses, but the sheer number of choices can be daunting. Given limited time with students, choosing strategies that best promote their learning is an imperative. The research on teaching and learning in higher education, however, is better than ever, and it provides us with information about strategies documented to improve student learning. These studies have much to offer our understanding. Evidence-based teaching has finally arrived, and indeed it is long overdue.

After participating in this interactive session, you will be able to

  • Identify multiple evidence-based strategies in seven key areas of instruction
  • Evaluate the applicability of specific methods to your own unique educational contexts
  • Adopt or adapt an evidence-based instructional practice for use in your own courses

Lunch: 12:00PM -1:00PM

The TLPDC will provide lunch. Please be sure to specify any special dietary needs when you register. The poster session will feature presentations by the recipients of the 2016 Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship: Norman Bert (Theatre & Dance), John Carrell (Industrial Engineering), Idoia Elola (Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures), Kendall Gerdes (English), and Mark Webb (Philosophy).

Afternoon Session: Interactive Lecturing: Combining "Time for Telling" and Active Learning Methods

Educators today would be hard pressed to identify a teaching technique more heartily maligned than the lecture. Critics have called lectures boring, obsolete, old-fashioned, overused, and even unfair. Such criticisms, however, typically take aim at one type of lecture: the full-session, transmission-model lecture. Lectures, however, come in many different shapes and sizes and can occupy an important place in the college classroom. Lectures are particularly effective when they are paired with active learning methods that provide students with ways to mentally prepare for and pay attention to lectures as well as with ways to apply and reflect upon what they have learned.

After participating in this session, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles of effective presentations to classroom lectures
  • Choose active learning strategies to support student learning during lectures
  • Create a plan for integrating lectures along with active learning strategies in a seamless process

About Dr. Claire Howell Major

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Claire Howell Major is a Professor of Higher Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies at the University of Alabama. Early in her career, she taught more than forty sections of English, including developmental studies, freshman composition, and sophomore literature. During this time she worked at two-year institutions; including a two-year historically black college, a two-year technical institution, and a large urban community college; and four-year institutions, including a comprehensive university and a large research university. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as director of a center for teaching at a small private four-year religious institution. Now at the University of Alabama, she teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She also conducts research on pedagogical approaches and student engagement. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley), Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice, Teaching for Learning (with Michael Harris and Todd Zakrajsek), and Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley and Pat Cross).

For more information on the conference, please contact Kerri Pike at 742-0133.

Registration is closed now.

The Texas Tech University Teaching Academy presents the 16th Annual John M. Burns Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning featuring Dr. Claire Howell Major.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Room 151, Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center

Conference Schedule

Morning session (10:30 to 12:00)
Lunch (12:00 to 1:00)
Afternoon session (1:00 to 2:30)

Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center