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How to Foster Deep Approaches and Achievements in Learning

Faculty Development Workshop

How to Foster Deep Approaches and Achievements in Learning

Ken Bain

Best-Selling Author and Pedagogue

Date: August 25, 2014


During this highly interactive seminar, Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do (2004), will explore a core question associated with teaching and learning at the college level: How do you help and encourage students to achieve deep learning, learning that has a sustained and substantial influence on the way they will subsequently think, act, and perhaps even feel? Research suggests that many students will never achieve a deep understanding because that is not their intention. They intend either to survive the class (surface learners) or to make the highest grade (strategic learners), but neither of those has the intention to understand.

About the Speaker

Ken Bain spent much of his academic career at Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and NYU, before becoming Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of History and Urban Education (National Center for Urban Education), University of the District of Columbia, a post he left in July 2013. He was the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University. In the 1970's and early 80's he was Professor of History at the University of Texas--Pan American, where he also served as director of that school's University Honors Program and as founding director of the History Teaching Center, a pioneering program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities to promote greater collaboration between history teachers on the secondary level and university and college research historians. From 1984 to 1986, he served as director of the National History Teaching Center, which had a similar mission on the national level.