Talking About Learning: How Students Learn -- Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Todd Zakrajsek, an expert on student learning who has given keynote addresses at learning conferences nationally and internationally, discusses the abundant research demonstrating that learning takes place when the student's mind actively engages in the material.

The major problem is determining how to increase that activity. Within the discipline of human memory, learning, and cognition exists a vast body of literature dealing specifically with this issue. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the basic concepts in human learning, how to present information so that students most effectively encode it into long-term memory, and how to help students know when they know. Using demonstrations and participant activities, this lecture will draw specific attention to how research and theory on memory directly impacts teaching and learning.  

Todd Zakrajsek served as executive director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill until September 2012; he is currently leading faculty development as an Associate Professor at the UNC’s School of Medicine. He was previously the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor in the psychology department. Todd also directs the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning at Traverse City, Michigan, and the International Conference on Improving University Teaching. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in over 30 states and 4 countries in the past several years.

This event is open to New School faculty and staff only.


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

Contact Information:

Carolyn Comiskey,, 212-229-8947 x2758


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