Dr. Cindy Blitz, Executive Director at the Center for Effective School Practices, Rutgers University along with Gerald Zahorchak, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will be co-presenting at the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium Friday, March 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Duquesne University with support from the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. The theme chosen for this inaugural symposium is Small Changes Advancing Learning which will focus on the power of small changes in teaching and learning in higher education that promote student learning.
The presentation is entitled “Student Engagement as Effective Means to Knowledge Transfer and Retention”. There is an ongoing discussion in the education field about the importance of cultivating critical thinking skills, creativity, and collaboration in learners of all ages, but a question remains on how best to achieve this. This highly-interactive session will equip participants with a range of pedagogical tools that have been proven effective in facilitating learners’ engagement with and capacity to transfer information into useable knowledge, regardless of content, settings, and circumstances. Such tools are designed to facilitate the process of learning for all as opposed to the same learning outcomes for all. Expect to walk away energized!