Top Hat on campus

Northern Arizona

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

The Learning Studio

at Cline Library

Room 249

Join us for a special event featuring Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, faculty developer and author of The New Science of Learning. Dr. Zakrajsek will share insights into how you can make lectures more dynamic by incorporating active learning strategies that engage and motivate students. Plus, stick around for lunch and a special workshop where you’ll learn how to put dynamic lecturing into practice and use Top Hat to create affordable, customized content for your course.

Feel free to attend individual sessions or enjoy the entire program. Either way, we’re happy to have you.

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Dynamic Lecturing: Strategies for More Engaged Learning

photo of Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

Special Keynote: Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC - Chapel Hill and the director of five Lily Conferences on College and University Teaching. An internationally-renowned speaker and expert on creating motivating and engaging classroom communities, Dr. Zakrajsek is the author of several acclaimed books, including Advancing Online Teaching, Dynamic Lecturing and The New Science of Learning.

photo of Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

Agenda Overview

Join us for high-impact workshops designed to help you improve student connection, engagement, and success in your course.

  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM

    Welcome & Light Breakfast

    Check-in and get set up for the morning with a light breakfast and coffee.

  • 10:00 - 11:30 AM

    Dynamic Lecturing: Strategies for More Engaged Learning

    Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

    Research across higher education consistently demonstrates that lectures paired with active learning make the difference when it comes to improving student success. So let’s focus on how we can revitalize our instruction by pairing mini-lectures with active learning strategies to better engage students. 

    In this interactive workshop, you will learn the elements of an effective mini-lecture, how to know when to stop lecturing, and the key components of engaged learning strategies. Together, we’ll explore proven techniques that will have an immediate impact on sustaining student attention and increasing mastery of your course content.

  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM

    Catered Lunch

    Refuel for the afternoon and connect with your peers. Lunch is on us!

  • 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    Enhancing Engagement: From the Classroom to Custom Content

    Jake Green, Top Hat

    In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to combine evidence-based teaching practices and the power of Top Hat to improve student engagement in your course. Practice integrating interactive polls, discussions and quizzes to make lectures more dynamic. Plus, we’ll show you how you can use Top Hat’s authoring tools to lower costs to students by customizing OER resources and creating your own interactive readings and assignments.