Keynote Presentation

Evidence-Based Teaching for More and Better Student Participation

As educators, how do we decide if a particular instructional strategy or approach is working? Until recently, most of us have relied on our own judgment, maybe supported with some feedback from our students or colleagues. But there’s evidence related to lots of instructional practices and considering it raises some intriguing questions: How much evidence is needed to justify a change in practice? What if the evidence is mixed? What if some of it has been collected in laboratories and not in classrooms? Can evidence collected in one discipline be generalized to other fields? Do the findings apply equally to all learners?

During this keynote address, we’ll explore these questions as they relate to fostering more and better student participation.

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About Maryellen Weimer

Presenter: Maryellen Weimer

Maryellen Weimer is Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning at Penn State University, and is a leading national expert on college teaching. She has numerous publications including articles in referred journals, book chapters, books reviews, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals. She has consulted with over 700 colleges and universities on instructional issues, and regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences.

Dr. Weimer edits the Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching which now appears as a website ( along with her widely read blog. She has edited or authored eight books, and over 35,000 copies of the first (2002) and significantly revised second edition (2013) of her book, Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, have been sold. She was primary author of Teaching Tools, a collection of collaborative, active and inquiry-based approaches to be used in conjunction with Biological Perspectives, an NSF-funded introductory biology text, created by Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies (BSCS). Her book, Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning, was published in February 2006 and Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth was released by Jossey-Bass in March 2010. Dr. Weimer is a recipient of Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching. She has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State.

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