Dr. Michael Merzenich, Professor Emeritus, University of California at San Francisco focuses on development and application of strategies designed to normalize and/or strengthen brain function (human abilities) in normal, impaired and dysfunctional child and adult populations. For more than three decades, Dr. Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research.
This workshop focuses on specific things instructors can do to build and maintain a supportive and warm classroom environment, particularly for women, students of color, students with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students. Participants are given opportunities to evaluate their classroom climate and identify ways to facilitate an even more open and affirming climate for all students.
Portfolios are comprehensive ways to assess students’ knowledge and skills in which students use a variety of artifacts and media to demonstrate what they know and can do. Since their emergence, portfolios have offered an alternative to traditional educational evaluation methods, and are touted for their ability to capture an authentic and holistic image of an individual’s experiences, competencies, progress, goals, and accomplishments over periods of time.
Today’s learners mirror societal change; 60-90% of the population thinks with mental visual language. Teaching strategies have not kept up with these changes. As a result more learners experience difficulty with higher order thinking skills. To address this problem, Dr. Kaakinen, a nurse educator, collaborated with Dr. Arwood, an educator with a language/learning backgrorund. The results of their multi-disciplinary collaboration included innovative teaching strategies designed for visual thinkers.