Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D.The 2016 TLC speaker is the “Teaching Professor” herself, Maryellen Weimer! 

How to Partner with Your Professor for Academic Success:  A Student Discussion with Teaching and Learning Expert, Maryellen Weimer
Thursday, October 13
12:30-1:45 p.m.   
Bovee U.C. Auditorium
(Student Focused Event)

Five Ways to Make Your Learning Efforts Pay Off! 
Thursday, October 13
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Plachta Auditorium
(Open to campus and community)

Faculty Workshops
Friday, October 14
Bovee U.C.
Lake St. Clair and Huron Rooms (3rd floor)

"We Had to Teach Ourselves!" Dealing with Resistance When Teachers Hold Students Responsible for Their Learning
10:30-12:00 | Bovee U.C., Lake St. Clair and Huron Rooms (3rd floor)

12:00-1:00 | Lunch (provided for all registrants) 

Designing Course Requirements for Better Learning – and Better Grades
1:00-2:30 | Bovee U.C., Lake St. Clair and Huron Rooms (3rd floor) ​

About Maryellen Weimer

The Teaching Professor

Maryellen Weimer's book cover - Learner-Centered TeachingMaryellen Weimer, PhD, professor emerita at Penn State University and recipient of Penn State’s Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, is one of the nation’s most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching.

Highlights of her career include teaching Communications courses and First Year Seminars, serving as the Associate Director of the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (U.S. Department of Education) and serving as Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State. 

In addition, since 1987 she’s been the editor of The Teaching Professor ​newsletter and she authors The Teaching Professor blog

Among her many publications is Learner-Centered Teaching (2013), which presents evidence based strategies that shift the focus in the classroom from the teacher to the student, using tasks that enhance learning and develop students’ independence as learners.  

Additional Workshops

Relinquishing Control: Tipping the Balance of Power in the Classroom
Facilitated by Elizabeth Bradshaw (SASW) and Greg Smith (HST)
Thursday, October 6

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Park Library - Strosacker Room

Join the Teaching and Learning Collective (TLC) and the CHSBS Excellenc​e in Teaching Committee ​(ETC) for an interactive session on learner-centered teaching. As a prelude to the visit October 13th &​ 14th by Maryellen Weimer, author of Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, the TLC/ETC will hold a workshop on the theory and practice of implementing one of the central ideas in her book: transforming traditional power relations in the classroom.

We will examine a provocative (and short!) excerpt from Weimer’s chapter on the subject, with a discussion that (1) explores possible reasons behind resistance to changing the balance of power on the part of both faculty and students, and (2) turns to more practical problems of implementation. What does it look like when students take control of their own learning, and how do we know when it’s happened? We will be joined by Jim Felton (​FIN), who will demonstrate one method he’s used for helping students to take control of their learning.​

Personalization Techniques for Creating Community and Accountability in the Classroom

Facilitated by Talat Halman (REL) and Nicole Sparling (ENG) 
Friday, November 11 

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Strosacker Room, Park Library
To continue our discussion of Maryellen Weimer’s Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, the TLC/ETC will hold a workshop on the theory and practice of implementing some of the ideas from Chapter Six: “The Responsibility for Learning.” Weimer explores the question of how we motivate students to take an active role in their own education (143) by creating an inviting classroom climate. Facilitators will demonstrate techniques and discuss the challenges of personalization techniques as they apply to different fields and contexts.​

About the TLC Speaker Series

The TLC began in 2010 as a grass-roots faculty initiative to improve students’ academic success by improving their academic skills. The TLC is sponsored by the College of Humanities and ​Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Central Michigan University. The TLC Speaker Series is made possible by the Office of the Provost.