Keynote 2017

Maryellen Weimer

Exploring Classroom Interactions with Maryellen Weimer

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).

Keynote Presentation

Thursday, May 4, 2017
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) L1-190

Participation, Five Reasons Why and Five Ways to Make It Happen
Participation is a widely used and almost universally endorsed instructional strategy. Despite this, it often fails to engage students. A lot of students won’t participate, others do so reluctantly; and a few participate too much. Large courses, rooms not designed for interaction and required courses make it even more challenging. However, extensive research validates the importance of classroom interaction and the pedagogical literature offers a wide range of strategies that encourage students to participation in all kinds of courses. During this keynote, we’ll revisit this favorite instructional strategy, revisiting the reasons it merits our efforts and sharing ideas and information that can increase its effectiveness.

Resources on Participation and Classroom Interaction word document