Preconference Workshop with UW Teaching and Learning Keynote Speaker, Joe Kim: Multimedia Learning Principles for Enhanced Student Learning (CTE797)Export this event to calendar

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 — 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

Preconference Workshop with UW Teaching and Learning Keynote Speaker, Joe Kim: Multimedia Learning Principles for Enhanced Student Learning (CTE797)

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Location: SJ2 2003

Facilitator: Joe Kim, Associate Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, McMaster University

Workshop description

Among the many different teaching strategies to consider, we can impact student learning by improving the organization and design of your PowerPoint slides.  For most instructors, PowerPoint slides remain the basic unit of delivering course materials. Think about the ineffective lectures you have sat through as a student, researcher and instructor; lectures that lack organization, clarity, and engagement fail to connect with students.  Students stop listening and turn to copying slides verbatim with little critical thinking.

How do your teaching lectures compare to these experiences? If you want to motivate a passion for learning, the best place to start is effectively delivering course materials. Applying findings developed in controlled-lab and classroom-based studies can lead to improved lectures which then translate into durable learning that extends from short-term tests to beyond the final exam. Unfortunately, many presenters have little understanding of the underlying multimedia learning principles that can guide learning. This workshop introduces key design principles, the importance of creating a "story structure", and a practical plan for delivering lectures with a cohesive message.

This session will be a hands-on, interactive workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create and receive feedback on their presentations. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should bring a laptop or mobile device where they are able to create PowerPoint presentations. CTE will also provide a laptop if needed.  

Guided Research Discussion

In preparation for the workshop, we invite participants to join a guided discussion of readings/research related to applying the science of learning and multimedia design principles to teaching and learning

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: DC 1301

​Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Coffee will be provided.



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