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Faculty Development Seminar planned

Linda Nilson, director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, will present three sessions on Sept. 27-28 designed to help Lamar University faculty members improve their use of active learning instruction in their classrooms.

“Active learning methods force students to shed their roles as passive receptors and enable them to learn a new skill set that serves them for the rest of their lives,” said Todd Pourciau, director of the Lamar University Center for Teaching+Learning Enhancement and the Quality Enhancement Plan. The center is sponsoring Nilson’s visit, which is open to the entire LU community but will be most helpful to anyone teaching a class, Pourciau said.

Nilson has 22 years of professional development experience in the areas of teaching effectiveness, assessment, scholarly productivity and academic career matters. Her book, “Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors,” is cited as a must-have for college teachers.

Nilson will speak on “My Top 10: The Best and Worst Teaching Practices I’ve Ever Seen” from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 27 in Room 702 of the Mary and John Gray Library.

On Sept. 28, Nilson will speak on “Transforming Your Students into Self-Regulated Learners” from 8-9:30 a.m. and on “Making Student Peer and Self-Assessment Work” from 10:30 to noon. Both sessions will be in the Spindletop Room on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.

“Dr. Nilson’s strategies in these workshops will help faculty assess the learning improvements of their students. The assessment aspect is a pillar of the Quality Enhancement Plan,” said Pourciau.

The LU Center for Teaching+Learning Enhancement provides a variety of faculty development services to assist the LU teaching community in fostering a culture of high quality teaching and learning. For more information on all CT+LE initiatives, visit here.