The Opening Ceremony will be held on Monday, October 24th from 3:00 to 4:00pm at SWING 222.
We are pleased to announce to have Dr. Catherine Rawn, a faculty member in the Learning Enhancement area of the Department of Psychology, as our keynote speaker:
My name is Catherine, although you may call me Dr. Rawn if you prefer. I am a faculty member in the Psychology Department. Unlike most professors who divide their time between research and teaching, I am thrilled that my purpose is to teach people how to learn about themselves and the world around them through the lens of psychological science. I teach learners in introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, and a course I designed that applies social psychology for life-long learning (see my section of Psyc 208). I also help graduate students develop their teaching and mentoring skills. I approach teaching as a learning journey. In all my teaching activities I aim to provide learners with many diverse opportunities to learn and to showcase their learning. But ultimately, it’s up to them (you!) to seize these opportunities.
I am delighted to provide the opening keynote address at CLASS, whose mission I whole-heartedly support. The theme of my talk is “What I’ve learned that has changed my life,” in which I hope to share with you some of the most important insights I have gained as a learner and a teacher in higher education. By the end of my talk, I hope you will be able to explain (1) why it’s important to write about a topic you never plan to think about ever again, (2) the coolest thing you learned this week and why that matters, and (3) at least one idea you can apply to improve your own learning experience. Throughout my talk, I hope you’ll come to appreciate that professors are people, too.