DePaul Center, 8th Floor

Friday, May 1st


Todd Zakrajsek

Keynote Speaker

200 Seats

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Call for proposals now open!

All DePaul instructional faculty and staff members are invited to submit proposals and register for DePaul’s 20th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference. The theme of this year’s conference, “How Students Learn: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching,” invites participants to consider what really works in the classroom. Proposals are due Monday, February 2nd, 2015.

Keynote Speaker

Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Todd Zakrajsek 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. Todd 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. Todd currently directs four National Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning. Todd also sits on two educationally related boards: Education Research Initiative for Lenovo Computer and Technology Enhanced Instruction for Microsoft. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries.

  • Todd Zakrajsek
    Zakrasek presenting at Virginia Tech’s Conference on Higher Education in 2012.
    © Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Todd Zakrajsek
    Zakrasek presenting at Virginia Tech’s Conference on Higher Education in 2012.
    © Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


The New Science of Learning: How Research is Revolutionizing the Way we Teach

Many educators continue to struggle with how best to proceed from delivering lectures to creating truly effective learning environments. In addition, students struggle to understand the best way to learn in our classrooms. The result can be class sessions that are difficult and frustrating to teach with students who appear apathetic and indifferent toward learning. In this session, we will look at how effective evidence-based teaching practices can be aligned with effective evidence-based learning strategies.


How Students Learn: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning

What can instructors do to facilitate learning when they encounter students who seem uninterested and even apathetic toward course content and assignments? Part of the responsibility for learning belongs to students, but as faculty, we can find new ways to motivate, inspire, and maybe even cajole students to learn. In this workshop we will explore how instructors can make classroom learning, perhaps one of the most artificial learning settings, a more meaningful experience for students. The workshop facilitator will use theories of learning and motivation as a basis for creating strategies to increase student engagement in course content and class sessions.


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