Join us for these special pre-Celebration professional development opportunities with Dr. Terry Doyle!
Thursday, February 7
Health Sciences Campus, Ambulatory Care Building Auditorium
Taking a Learner-Centered Approach to Teaching in the Health Sciences
Sponsored by the HSC-Delphi Faculty Development Partnership
Current research on how the human brain learns strongly suggests that traditional teaching approaches which remain popular in health science programs across the country may not provide students with optimum opportunities for learning success. As the volume of science information continues to grow at extraordinary rates, new ways of providing instruction that optimize student learning and maximize the effectiveness of faculty's instruction time need to be implemented. A learner-centered approach - in which instructors require students to take a more active role in their own learning and which assists students in increasing their own effectiveness as learners - can be effective. This session will explore the research on human learning and offer specific suggestions for how to give students greater responsibility for their own learning and will cover how faculty can reduce their role as lecturers and increase their role as facilitators of learning.
About the HSC-Delphi Faculty Development Partnership:
Established in June 2011, the HSC-Delphi Faculty Development Partnership seeks to:
- Enhance teaching and learning on UofL's Health Sciences Campus by providing meaningful and relevant professional development opportunities for faculty;
- Share unit resources to promote campus-wide conversations about best practices in teaching and learning in the health sciences; and
- Address accreditation calls for continuous quality improvement to the curriculum by offering participants concrete teaching strategies and "take-aways" for immediate implementation and relevant resources to foster further exploration and learning.
The partnership steering committee is comprised of unit representatives from Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS), and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. With support from the deans of each school, the steering committee works together to deliver two significant professional development programs for HSC faculty annually.
Thursday, February 7
Belknap Campus, Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
Becoming a More Learner-Centered Teacher
It is not a simple task to move away from a traditional lecture-centered model of instruction. It requires learning new skills and spending more time in planning each class. It requires locating resources that students can investigate on their own or in groups. It also requires new forms of assessment, both formative and summative. However, it results in students' brains doing most of the neuron firing and wiring, which is exactly what we want their brains to do. This session will discuss specific strategies for becoming a more learner-centered teacher capable of designing a learning environment that buzzes with meaningful learning activities.