Todd D. Zakrajsek

The science of learning
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), USA

Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, is an associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), USA and Director of five annual Lilly Teaching Conferences. Todd was a tenured associate professor of psychology and established or led faculty development efforts at three universities before joining the UNC School of Medicine. Todd provides resources for faculty topics related to teaching and learning, leadership, and research and has served on many educationally related boards, including The Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, College Teaching, and Education in the Health Professions. Todd has consulted with organizations such as The American Council on Education (ACE), Lenovo Computer, Microsoft, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has delivered keynote addresses and campus workshops at over 300 conferences and university campuses. Todd’s recently co-authored books include Advancing Online Teaching (2021); Teaching for Learning- 2nd Ed (2021), The New Science of Learning (2nd Ed) (2019); and Dynamic Lecturing (2017).

Develop your teaching with Todd D. Zakrajsek
Helping Students Learn How to Learn
Helping Students Learn How to Learn
by Todd D. Zakrajsek

We don't tend to explain to students how learning takes place, but a short intervention on this topic can have significant, lasting, long-term benefits.

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Classroom Practice: Engaged Lecturing
Classroom Practice: Engaged Lecturing
by Todd D. Zakrajsek

Lecturing, done well, engages the students in the learning process by stimulating interest in the topic, helping students to retrieve prior knowledge, and encouraging reflection to solidify newly learned information.

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The Science Of Learning
The Science Of Learning
by James M. Lang, Flower Darby, Derek Bruff, Todd D. Zakrajsek
Over the last few decades, neuroscience has done much to unlock how we learn. This learning path highlights the main findings, and how you can apply these lessons in your classes.
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Small Teaching: Predicting
Small Teaching: Predicting
by Todd D. Zakrajsek, James M. Lang

The act of making predictions activates prior knowledge and deepens learning. In this course, we will look at ways you can embed prediction into your classes, whether in person or online.

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Introduction To Teaching In Higher Education
Introduction To Teaching In Higher Education
by James M. Lang, Chris Hakala, Todd D. Zakrajsek, Jay Howard, Derek Bruff, Naomi Winstone, Sam Elkington
If you're new to teaching in higher education or want to brush up on those foundational concepts and skills, this learning path provides a rapid grounding in the essentials and suggestions for further study.
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Small Teaching: Interleaving
Small Teaching: Interleaving
by Todd D. Zakrajsek, James M. Lang

Interleaving - the spacing out and mixing up of learning activities over time - promotes long-term knowledge retention. In this course, we look at how you can interleave within a unit of study, across a module and an entire course to maximise impact on student learning. 

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