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Teaching Today’s Learners

One Day - Three Presentations - Lots of New Ideas


Thursday, October 29, 2009 - Central Library, 6th Floor


Teaching Today’s Learners - 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Today’s young people have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving and supervising them through their university experience. They were, and are being, raised in very different social environments and have had very different formative experiences than any previous generation. Their issues with academic preparation, responsibility and self-esteem, consumer expectations, use of technology and styles of interacting can impact, and interfere with, their learning, persistence and academic success at school, and workplace readiness and success. This program will help faculty understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to college, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success, and the most appropriate instructional methods to help students reach meaningful learning outcomes.


Mark TaylorNote: The morning session is a recap of Dr. Taylor’s presentation in the fall of 2008; it has been specially scheduled for those new to teaching and/or new to UT Arlington. Those who attended his workshop last year or heard him speak at the SACS 2009 Summer Institute in Houston may wish to focus their efforts by attending only the afternoon sessions.


Techniques in Teaching Today's Learners - 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
As a follow-up to the Teaching Today's Learners program, this active session will help faculty transition from a lecture based delivery model of teaching to a model of learning based on increasing both student activity and the use of available technologies to improve student engagement as well as instructional efficiency and effectiveness. 


Advanced Techniques in Teaching Today's Learners - 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
This advanced session will describe methods and techniques to further increase students' personal ownership of class goals and responsibility for their own learning.  Advanced techniques for assisting students in developing requisite knowledge base content, skills and application, critical thinking, and to help students come to value course material at the affective level will be described.

Dr. Mark Taylor is recognized as an educator, expert, consultant and speaker dedicated to helping schools, colleges and universities better understand and serve our students for learning, development, persistence and successful integration into the “after college” world.  He has made presentations and lead workshops at over 200 schools and conferences in 40 states and Canada.   He also works with businesses and organizations to better manage the multigenerational workplace, and to successfully bring younger workers into productive roles. His recent articles include “Helicopters, Snowplows, and Bulldozers:  Managing Students’ Parents” and “Generation NeXt Goes to Work.”  Dr. Taylor's pragmatic information and suggestions, grounded in data, and engaging presentation style has made him a popular speaker, workshop leader and training consultant with numerous schools, colleges, businesses and professional organizations across the country.  More information about his programs is available at

Those interested may attend any combination of the first, second, and/or third sessions.

Registration is required. || Directions and Parking Info

E-mail by Friday, October 23 and specify which session(s) you plan to attend.