Oregon State University

Bill Roberson - Mastering the Interactive Lecture: Don't let Tradition Stand in the Way of Student Thinking

Bill Roberson presents Mastering the Interactive Lecture: Don’t Let Tradition Stand in the Way of Student Thinking. This workshop will target instructors in OSU College of Health and Human Sciences (a large college growing larger at a fast clip) who teach enormous (200+ students) sections of courses, many of which involve pre-set curricula. The focus of this session will be interactive lecturing techniques and strategies for assessing formal knowledge acquisition *and* critical thinking.

Bill Roberson came to U Albany in 2006 as founding director of the Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership. His career in faculty development has focused on discovering and promoting ways of fostering reflective, critical thinking in adult learners. He consults with faculty members in all disciplines to integrate innovative and proven practices into university teaching and learning processes. The institute produces workshops, seminars and academies on teaching, and provides a variety of services that facilitate faculty work.

Before coming to U Albany, Roberson held positions in faculty development at UNC-Chapel Hill, Indiana University and the University of Texas at El Paso, where he served as founding executive director of the Instructional Support Services division. He received his Ph.D. in literary studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has held instructional positions at multiple levels of higher education, from tier-one research institutions such as Duke University to regional public institutions in Georgia, Texas and Japan.

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