C. Edward Watson

C. Edward Watson, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President for Quality, Pedagogy, and LEAP Initiatives and CIO with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and formerly director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.  He is the founding executive editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio, the executive editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and has published on teaching and learning in a number of journals, including Change, Educational Technology, EDUCAUSE Review, the Journal for Effective Teaching, and To Improve the Academy, among others. He is also on the board of directors for the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-based Learning, and the Reacting to the Past Consortium. He has recently been quoted in the New York Times, Campus Technology, EdSurge, and University Business Magazine and on CNN and NPR regarding current teaching and learning issues and trends in higher education.  He is also the author of two recent books, Teaching Naked Techniques:  A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass) and Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past - Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices (Palgrave MacMillan).

Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes

In recent years, there has been an acceleration in the number of research findings regarding human learning and cognition, but these findings often are not easily translated into classroom practice. Evoking the plethora of research-based best practices detailed in Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass, 2017), this keynote will provide new insights into how we learn as well as practical advice regarding how the outcomes of this research can be applied in the college classroom. Beginning with an interactive game exploring the most popular conceptions and misconceptions about learning, attention will then turn to examining key truths that are the most relevant to teaching and learning in higher education. This keynote will conclude with an overview of the concrete processes and practices offered in the pages of Teaching Naked Techniques.

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