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TEACHxperts: Learning Strategies to Support Equitable Student Engagement

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff

Cost: Free

Contact: Teaching & Learning Technologies  

Group: Northwestern IT Teaching & Learning Technologies

Category: Training


How can we ignite student engagement in learning and inquiry in our classrooms? How can we go beyond the students most eager to contribute to reach those who may be hesitant to participate?

In this interactive workshop, we will learn and apply principles from the science of learning to design structured and inclusive learning activities that engage students through the practices of retrieval and self-explanation. We’ll discuss technological tools and teaching strategies that require minimal preparation and grading time to encourage more equitable engagement from all students.


About the Speaker:

Ruthann C. Thomas, Ph.D. (she/her) is a cognitive scientist, an educational developer, and a seasoned classroom teacher. She is Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at MIT’s Teaching + Learning Lab, where she develops and collaborates on initiatives for MIT educators to promote equitable and inclusive teaching practices and learning environments. She also teaches in a program for MIT graduate students and postdocs on evidence-based teaching techniques grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Ruthann previously held roles as an Associate Professor (with tenure) of Psychology at Hendrix College and a postdoctoral research scientist at Washington University in St. Louis where she conducted research applying cognitive psychology to enhance educational practice. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her work is anchored in a deep commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable learning experiences and sharing teaching strategies based in the science of learning.

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