37th Showcase on Teaching and Learning Conference 2022

The Showcase on Teaching and Learning will be held August 17, 2022. This year we will be back in PSU meeting in-person!  We will be following university COVID-19 policy that is in place at the time of Showcase and will move to a virtual event if necessitated by safety protocols.

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Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Linda B. Nilson, founding director emerita of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors (Jossey-Bass, 2016), now in its fourth edition.

Dr. Linda Nilson

Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Linda B. Nilson, founding director emerita of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors (Jossey-Bass, 2016), now in its fourth edition.

Keynote: "Transformative Teaching: How Self-Regulated Learning Can Improve Your Students’ Academic Performance"

Most students have serious misconceptions about learning, especially about the amount of effort and focus it requires and your role in their learning process. As a result, few students can retain the course content and skills or learn from their mistakes. Self-regulated learning dispels these misconceptions and helps students understand what learning actually involves. After this keynote, you will be able to explain what self-regulated learning is, where it came from, and how students benefit from practicing it. You will also hear about some of the research showing that instructors can improve their students’ exam performance, written and designed products, and problem-solving skills by inducing students to practice self-regulated learning. Finally, you will learn about and be able to implement a small sampling of short, self-regulated learning assignments suitable for the beginning and end of a course.

Showcase Workshop: "Transforming Your Students into Self-Regulated Learner"

This workshop explains and demonstrates specific strategies that you can use to dispel your students’ misconceptions about learning and transform your students into self-regulated learners. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to design and integrate into your courses proven self-regulated learning assignments and activities, all of which take little time and complement your course’s content. You will have plenty of choices: some designed for various times during the term and others connected to readings and videos/podcasts, live or remote lectures, math-based problem sets, papers and projects, “fuzzy” problems, experiential learning, and quizzes and exams.

More about our keynote speaker

Dr. Nilson also wrote The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (Anker/Jossey-Bass, 2007), Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Stylus, 2013), and Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (Stylus, 2015).

Her latest books are Creating Engaging Discussions: Strategies for "Avoiding Crickets" in Any Size Classroom and Online with Jennifer H. Herman (Stylus, 2018), the second edition of Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research with Ludwika A. Goodson (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2021), and Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Course: A Concrete, Practical Approach (Stylus, 2021).

In addition, Dr. Nilson co-edited Enhancing Learning with Laptops in the Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2005) and Volumes 25 through 28 of To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development (Anker/Jossey-Bass, 2007-2010) which is the major publication of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education.

Dr. Nilson’s career as a full-time faculty development director spanned over 25 years before she semi-retired in 2016. She has published many articles and book chapters and has given about 600 keynotes, webinars, and live workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities both nationally and internationally on dozens of topics related to college teaching and scholarly productivity. She has also taught graduate seminars on college teaching.

Before coming to Clemson University, she directed teaching centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, Riverside and was a sociology professor at UCLA, where she entered the area of educational development. After distinguishing herself as an excellent instructor, her department selected her to establish and supervise its Teaching Assistant Training Program. In sociology, her research focused on occupations and work, social stratification, political sociology, and disaster behavior.

Dr. Nilson has held leadership positions in the POD Network, Toastmasters International, Mensa, and the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium. She was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in sociology. She completed her undergraduate work in three years at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.