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What the Best College Teachers Do

The Center for Teaching Excellence hosted a weekend workshop on October 20, 2007, featuring Ken Bain, Ph.D. Dr. Bain is an internationally renowned educator, author, and historian. He is in high demand to keynote conferences and provides lectures and workshops on the topic of effective college teaching. We were indeed lucky to have him visit IUP.

Among his numerous publications, he recently completed a fifteen-year national research project which culminated in his influential and popular book What the Best College Teachers Do. His study included nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of universities and academic fields.

Approximately 150 people attended this workshop. Dr. Bain walked everyone through a series of questions regarding our goals and pedagogy, drawing our attention to what we know about learning, about structuring and sequencing assignments, and presenting information. After studying hundreds of professors in all fields and with all class sizes (he mentioned one with seven hundred students in his lecture hall!), Dr. Bain put together the data.

Several people have asked for copies of the handout. We cannot post the handout itself on the website, for copyright reasons; however, you may visit download the materials directly from the Montclair State University website:

Workshop handout (PDF – short version)

Workshop Syllabus (PDF – long version)

Photos from the workshop:

 

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Breakfast                         Start of Workshop           Ken Bain

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Broad View of Workshop   Faculty Speaking              Ken Briggs and Dawn Zeligman

 

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Participants                      Val Helterbran and Ken Bain

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