• Pre-Conference Workshop
  • How Students Learn Best? An Evidence-Based Approach
  • 17th - 18th April 2017 | Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Introduction

What constitutes good teaching has long been a contested issue in the educational literature. Over the decades, we have seen much by way of periodic radical reframing, often in terms of a pendulum between traditional and progressive approaches. Interestingly, the famous management guru Peter Drucker once commented:

“Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching , we rely on the ‘naturals’, the ones who somehow know how to teach.”

However, much is changing in terms of our heightened understanding of how people learn and what teaching methods work best. In essence, we are moving, albeit slowly, towards an evidence-based approach to teaching, much like engineering and medicine as done. In the present context of demand for high quality, flexible educational provision, but with decreasing costs, there is a real challenge for teaching professionals.

This workshop addresses that challenge through developing creative teacher’s who can utilize the various knowledge bases relating to human learning as well as the affordances of free/low cost user-friendly technology tools. Quite simply, teachers/trainers will need to be able to design and facilitate learning experiences that have high impact in terms of maximizing attainment opportunities for learners across a range of learning modes (e.g., face-to-face, blended, online). The ability to do this at an adaptive expert level is what I refer to as Creative Teaching Competence – a gold standard in Teaching Expertise.

The two-day programme introduces the Creative Teaching Framework (CTF), which is a pedagogic methodology for the design and facilitation of learning experiences that have high predictive capability for effective and efficient student learning.

The program will empower participants to:

• Understand the concept, rationale, and usefulness of Evidence-Based Practice as an essential Pedagogic Literacy
• Recognize how the strategic use of highly effective methods and cognitive science principles can significantly enhance the student learning experience and attainmen opportunities
• Use evidence-based practice in designing learning experiences that have the high predictive capability for effective and efficient learning outcomes
• Infuse (select and use) technology tools that enhance effectiveness and efficiency in learning across different delivery modes (e.g., face-to-face, blended, online)
• Explain what creative teaching entails (Creative Teaching Competence) and how to develop it
• Utilize Evidence-Based Reflective Practice to diagnose learning effectiveness and improve teaching quality

 


 


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