Last week we had an opportunity to attend the 2013 Technology and Learning Faculty Conference at the West Los Angeles campus. The Technology and Learning folks from Information Technology facilitated the conference, but it is structured as a conference by faculty for faculty. The second such conference at Pepperdine University covered topics from what Cognitive Psychology says about Teaching using Technology to Faculty Professional development.
Over the next couple of weeks we’d like to share some experiences from the individual sessions, link to some relevant content and perhaps offer some takeaways for faculty who didn’t have the opportunity to attend. Links have been added both in the blog sidebar as well as the Faculty portion of the menu, directly linking to the conference website for the convenience of those interested.
The Keynote was delivered by Michelle D. Miller, Ph.D who joined us from Northern Arizona University (NAU) to present Design for the Mind: What Cognitive Psychology Tells Us About Teaching with Technology. In her engaging presentation she worked to unravel some conventional wisdom about memory and the cognitive processes that produce learning. Some of these include: assumptions about the number of items in a list someone can remember, how modern research has changed how we look at old models of working memory, short-term vs long-term memory, and what makes an experience memorable.
One particularly interesting moment came when she asked the audience to draw a picture of a US Penny from memory. The resulting collection surprisingly inaccurate images demonstrated a critical element relevance plays in learning even for experiences with an incredible number of mental impressions.
More to Come
We look forward to sharing more from the conference in the coming weeks and look forward to future conferences. In 2011 at the last conference we were privileged to have one of our own professors (our own Greg McNeal) give a compelling presentation on Turning Technologies ResponseCards (Classroom Clickers). We encourage all the faculty to consider attending and presenting at future conferences; let us know how we can support you if you are interested.