Learning Theory Workshop


Integrating Learning Theory into Instructional Design & Classroom Delivery

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Led by Jane P. Stephenson

Room 302 Halle Library

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Workshop Description 
Learning doesn’t just happen because we teach.  Deliberate effort needs to be made to teach in a way that students can learn.  In this workshop, we will focus on several learning theories to understand the psychology behind each theory and find ways to use them in lesson plan development and classroom delivery to maximize learning. Each of the theories will be demonstrated as part of this faculty development seminar.


Workshop Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, educators will:

  • have gained an understanding, vocabulary and consciousness of using several learning theories
  • have ideas on how to integrate learning theories into their lesson plan development and classroom delivery
  • increase the chance of receiving a positive course evaluation from  presenting information rooted soundly in proven learning theories

As a result of you applying what you learned in this workshop in your courses, your students will be able to:

  • gain assistance in learning and remembering information and therefore, perform better on exams
  • be more engaged in classroom instruction when proper methods and a variety of methods are used
  • evaluate courses and professors more favorably

The following theories first will be demonstrated, then defined, followed by a discussion on how to apply then. Participants will be encouraged to take a moment to determine how they can specifically apply the theory to a course they are newly or routinely teaching.

  • Motivation Theories
    • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    • Expectancy Theory
    • Reinforcement Theory
    • Goal Setting Theory
  • Cognitive Learning Process /Theory
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Adult Learning Theory


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