***Please note: the 2020 Rutgers Active Learning Symposium is currently still scheduled to proceed. We will continue to monitor guidance regarding gatherings and will announce any plans to hold the Symposium virtually or to postpone it as soon as those decisions are made***The Rutgers Active Learning Symposium (RALS) is an annual day of workshops, presentations, panel discussions, and more. Faculty, staff, and experts in active learning from Rutgers and beyond lead sessions that explore the use of active learning in higher education from unique and fruitful perspectives. You can submit a proposal to be a part of this year's RALS via our online form.
The centerpiece of the day will be a keynote presentation from Prof. Stephen L. Chew. Prof. Chew has been a professor of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 1993. Trained as a cognitive psychologist, one of his primary research areas is the cognitive basis of effective teaching and learning. His research interests include the use of examples in teaching, the impact of cognitive load on learning, and the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom. He is the creator of a groundbreaking series of YouTube videos for students on how to study effectively in college which have been viewed almost three million times and are in wide use from high schools to professional schools. More recently he created a series of videos for teaching on the cognitive principles of effective teaching.
Chew was awarded the Buchanan Award for Classroom Teaching Excellence from Samford in 1999. In 2005, he received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as the outstanding teacher of psychology at four-year colleges and universities. He was named the 2011 Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2018 he received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation.
RALS is free, includes a light breakfast and lunch, and is open to members of all academic communities. Stay tuned for more detailed information and registration as the Symposium nears.