Learner-Centered Teaching

Facilitator - Frederick Nelson

Frederick L. Nelson is Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. He has been working on Learner-Centered approaches to teaching for several years, including learner involvement in decisions about curriculum and assessment. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Florida, with a research focus on the development of reflective practice.


A Faculty Learning Community on Learner-Centered Teaching

 In this collaborative Faculty Learning Community, we will consider pedagogy and curriculum through Five Key Changes to Practice:

·      The Function of content

·      The Role of the instructor

·      The Responsibility for learning

·      The Purposes and processes of assessment

·      The Balance of power in the classroom


What are the benefits?

The benefits of learner-centered education include increased motivation for learning and greater satisfaction with school, as well as greater academic achievement. The approach is an incremental one, providing practical help for faculty in all disciplines. Rubrics are used to organize and manage the process of change in course design.


Who might be interested?

·      Instructors of all disciplines who are considering transforming their                                instruction to be learner-centered

·      New instructors who are just deciding how to teach

·      Mid-career instructors who are ready for change

·      Faculty engaged in the preparation of future higher education faculty