The Second Annual Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Teaching took place on May 3, 2016 in Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Research Center, bringing together a diverse array of scholars with a commitment to research into teaching and learning.  Evidence-based teaching is teaching that benefits both from existing educational research and from evidence collected as teaching unfolds. Presenters included:

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Jeanette Norden, Professor Emerita, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine provided the keynote address “Master Classrooms Stimulate Intellectual and Personal Development and Enhance Experiential Learning.”

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This Year’s Theme

The theme of this year’s conference was “building knowledge through transfer.”  Transfer of learning—also referred to as “application”—is the ability to use something you’ve learned in a different context from where you learned it.  Transfer is a primary goal of instruction, as our purpose is to equip our students with knowledge, skills and insights they can use for the rest of their lives. Learning scientists have developed a Detect > Elect > Connect model to describe aspects of the transfer process and help investigate “what works” in supporting transfer (Perkins & Saloman, 2012):

  1. Detect – We must recognize a potential relationship between the current moment and our own prior learning.
  2. Elect – We must be motivated and choose to pursue this potential connection.
  3. Connect – We must perform the creative act of constructing a new understanding of both the current moment and our prior learning.


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