Texas Tech University

The John M. Burns Conference

Friday, September 23, 2016

Room 151, Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development CenterThe Texas Tech University Teaching Academy presents the 15th Annual John M. Burns Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning featuring Dr. Michele DiPietro.

"How Learning Works"

Conference Schedule

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

Registrations are now closed for the conference.

About Dr. Michele DiPietro

Derek Bruff

Dr. Michele DiPietro is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences at Kennesaw State University. He is also a former President of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the premiere faculty development association in North America, and a Board Member of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED). With his former Carnegie Mellon colleagues, Dr. DiPietro is a co-author of  “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.” The book was listed at #3 in a “Top 10 Books on Teaching” list on the Chronicle of Higher Education.

His scholarly interests include learning sciences, academic integrity, diversity and inclusion, the Millennial generation, statistics education, the consultation process in faculty development, and teaching in times of tragedy. He has presented dozens of workshops and keynotes at numerous colleges and conferences, in the US and abroad, and some of his scholarship has been translated into foreign languages (Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and–forthcoming–Spanish). He won the POD Innovation award for the online consultation tool “Solve a Teaching Problem.” His innovative course “The statistics of sexual orientation” has been featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education and several other magazines. Dr. DiPietro is the 2015 recipient of the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD award, the highest honor bestowed in the field of educational development for professional achievement and legacy to the field. 


How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching:              10:30am -12:00pm

A tenet of learner-centered teaching is that learning is the litmus test of any pedagogy. Therefore, one of the most important investments professors can make is to understand the learning process so that their teaching is intentionally learning-oriented. In this workshop we will synthesize 50 years of research on learning from the cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, developmental, and inclusiveness perspectives into seven integrated principles. This interactive workshop will illustrate the seven principles with demonstrations, discussions, and other activities that highlight how each of the principles might enhance participants’ teaching.

Lunch: 12:00PM -1:00PM

The TLPDC will provide lunch. Please be sure to specify any special dietary needs when you register.

How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching:
1:00PM -2:30PM

Dr. DiPietro continues the morning session as he describes the seven principles of learning, based on his bestselling book, “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.” With his interactive and engaging style, Dr. DiPietro will interact with the audience to consider how these principles might enhance teaching and learning. 

For more information on the conference, please contact Esther Salvidar at 742-0133.


Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center