Augustana Conference on Undergraduate Research and Innovative Teaching

Keynote: What Makes Teaching Learner-Centered?


Dr. Maryellen Weimer, professor emerita and editor of The Teaching Professor


Interest in learner-centered teaching continues to grow.  More and more faculty are working to incorporate policies, practices, techniques and approaches that focus on learning.  Is that what makes teaching learner-centered?  Is there any difference between active learning, student engagement and learner-centered teaching?  During this interactive keynote, we will explore characteristics that define learner-centered teaching and illustrate these with examples that can be used with different kinds of content and to achieve different learning goals.


Maryellen Weimer has edited The Teaching Professor newsletter since 1987 and writes the Teaching Professor Blog. The Teaching Professor Blog features a new weekly post from Maryellen on such topics as: the scholarship of teaching and learning, classroom policies, active learning, assessment, generational differences, and student performance. She is a professor emerita of Teaching and Learning at Penn State Berks and won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching in 2005. Dr. Weimer has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State. Dr. Weimer has consulted with over 650 colleges and universities on instructional issues and regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences throughout the US and Canada. She has published several books, including: Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning: Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2002).