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Motivating and Engaging Your Students: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning

Motivating and Engaging Your Students: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning

Todd Zakrajsek

Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

Date: August 31, 2015

Overview

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.

About the Speaker

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., 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.  Dr. Zakrajsek is also the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.