Registration is open for the Augustana workshop 2013:Implementing learner-centred teaching , which takes place on Nov 13-14, presented by Beth Woodard, Reference Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and ACRL Information Literacy Immersion faculty member. The venue is Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta, Canada. On November 13 there are optional information literacy consultations with Beth in the afternoon and an evening workshop dinner and the workshop is on November 14, 2013 Abstract "Learning-centered teaching is an approach to teaching that changes the focus from what the teacher does to student learning. In "instructor-centered teaching" the emphasis on what instructors do often leads to students who are passive learners and who do not take responsibility for their own learning. In "learning-centered teaching", the role of instructor shifts from giver of information to facilitator of student-learning. Learning-centered teachers articulate what we expect our students to learn, design educational experiences to advance their learning, and provide opportunities for them to demonstrate their success in achieving those expectations. Learning-centered instruction encourages student reflection, dialogue, and engagement, and requires assessment of content mastery. To be effective, a change toward learning-centered teaching may require a re-centering of assessment practices to include more and different evaluations of the learning experience. Learning-centered approaches can be applied to any kind of instructional setting, form one-shot courses to credit courses."
More info at http://www.library.ualberta.ca/augustana/infolit/workshop Photo by Sheila Webber: Butterflies, Singapore, 2013