Metropolitan State University 2015 Spring Faculty Conference
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus
Conference Theme: Inspiring Active Learning
The days of students sitting passively (should) have gone the way of the chalkboard. Do you emphasize active learning in your classroom? Are students engaged in meaningful, active ways? Is your class focused on your learners and not on you? Examples of active learning include community engagement, structured discussion models, role play or case study enactment, classroom response systems (clickers), flipped classrooms and other creative, interactive approaches to teaching and learning.
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Zakrajsek is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, he was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor. Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs three National Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and one International Teaching Conference. He also sits on two educationally related boards and several editorial boards for journals in the area of teaching and learning: Education Research Initiative for Lenovo Computer and Technology Enhanced Instruction for Microsoft, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. Dr. Zakrajsek is an international speaker who is requested regularly for keynote presentations and campus workshops, having published and presented widely on the topic of effective teaching and student learning.