pedagogical strategies that support how students learn

7 Learner-Centered Principles to Improve Your Teaching

A tenet of learner-centered teaching is that learning is the litmus test of any pedagogy. Therefore, one of the most important investments professors can make is to understand the learning process so that their teaching is intentionally learner-oriented.

The accountability movement and emphasis on assurance of learning and other evidence-based practices makes it imperative for educators to understand how students learn so that their teaching can be maximally effective. However, it’s not always easy to find the time to keep up with research in the learning sciences on top of what’s happening in your academic field.

In 7 Learner-Centered Principles to Improve Your Teaching, Dr. Michele DiPietro distills more than 50 years of instructional research into seven key principles, and explains how understanding each of those principles can enhance teaching. You’ll learn accessible and effective pedagogical strategies that support deep learning, activate prior knowledge, reveal knowledge organization, increase student motivation, facilitate the mastery of skills, foster student holistic development, and foster reflection and self awareness.

After participating in this seminar, participants will:

  • Be able to list and discuss the seven principles of learning and how they can be used to improve teaching;
  • Understand the importance of surveying students’ prior knowledge and motivation;
  • Learn to monitor how students construct their organization of knowledge;
  • Implement strategies that force students to plan and reflect (e.g. using exam wrappers);
  • Know how to write syllabi with a tone that creates a positive and productive learning climate;
  • Be able to craft educational activities that tap into student goals; and
  • Know how to break down skills into their basic components.

Most of us are being asked to do more—teach more, assess more, report more, publish more. This seminar will help you use your limited time wisely, because it’s done all the heavy lifting. You’ll not only gain new insights into how students learn but also learn about teaching strategies that reflect the latest research.

When you order the recording of this seminar on CD, you’ll also receive the complete transcript.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal web site for unlimited access by members of the campus community.

This seminar is intended for:

  • Faculty
  • Faculty developers
  • Graduate student instructors
  • Instructional designers

All seminars include a discussion guide for facilitators
Participating in a Magna Online Seminar as a team can help leverage unique insights, foster collaboration, and build momentum for change. Each seminar now includes a Discussion Guide for Facilitators which provides step-by-step instructions for generating productive discussions and thoughtful reflection. You’ll also get guidelines for continuing the conversation after the event, implementing the strategies discussed, and creating a feedback loop for sharing best practices and challenges.


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