How Learning Works: An Overview of 7 Principles

How Learning Works: An Overview of 7 Principles” for Faculty

Join Dr. Gay Baughman, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine, and Dr. Marie Kendall Brown, Assistant Director, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, for this one-hour lunch presentation.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12-1 p.m. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m.


School of Medicine, B Instructional Building, Room 115

Parking for a fee is available at Chestnut and area garages.

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Dr. Gay Baughman

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

Dr. Marie Kendall Brown

Assistant Director, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning

For the past several decades, much has been uncovered with respect to how humans learn. Unfortunately, many educators have little access to this research so opportunities for translating these findings may be lost.

In the 2010 book How Learning Works: Seven Research Based Principles for Smart Teaching, Susan Ambrose and her colleagues summarized key findings of teaching and learning and brain science research from the past 20 years and shared practical applications for teaching across learning contexts.

In this interactive session, the presenters will share these seven principles in order to help you enhance your teaching effectiveness and student learning in the clinic, at the bedside, and beyond.

Sponsored by the HSC-Delphi Faculty Development Partnership

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Learning Objectives:

  • Identify one or more research-based principles for how human learning works
  • Consider the ways in which prior knowledge, knowledge organization, and motivation impact student learning
  • Gain a framework for enhancing your teaching effectiveness

Presenter Bios

Dr. Gay Baughman

Dr. Gay Baughman

Dr. Baughman is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine. She is course director for Introduction to Clinical Dentistry I and is a D4 Group Manager. Dr. Baughman is a 1981 graduate of U of L’s School of Dentistry. Before becoming faculty at the dental school in 2009, she was in private practice in Fairdale, KY. She was chair of the Educational Subcommittee for Accreditation that included critical thinking. She is currently a member of the 2017 Quality Enhance Plan Committee which is part of U of L’s commitment to the reaccreditation process for SACS.

Dr. Marie Kendall Brown

Dr. Marie Kendall Brown

Marie Kendall Brown, Ph.D., is assistant director for teaching and learning at the Delphi Center. She joined UofL in 2009. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. In her current role, she designs and administers programs, services, and events to support faculty professional development with respect to teaching. Her research interests include faculty learning and development, teaching and learning topics in STEM, strategic partnering with academic units, and college student development from a constructive-developmental perspective. She is a recipient of UofL’s 2015 Outstanding Performance Award.

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.

Continuing Education Credit for Medical, Nursing, and Dental Faculty

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For All School of Medicine Participants:

The University of Louisville Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Louisville School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

For All School of Nursing Participants:

This program has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 1.2 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital, provider number 4-0068-7-16-867. The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content.

For All School of Dentistry Participants:

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry will oversee continuing education credit for dental faculty. University of Louisville School of Dentistry participants must register online at for continuing education credit. Pre-registration for continuing education should be completed by August 10th.

For All School of Dentistry Participants: These hours meet the requirements outlined in 201 KAR 8:532 for dentists and 201 KAR 8:562 for dental hygienists.

  • Increase knowledge of office business operations and best practices
  • Knowledge of subjects pertinent to patient management, safety, and oral healthcare
ULSDCE will allow for 1CEU.
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