2018 ALC Conference Highlights:

2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kristen Pilner Blair

Dr. Kristen Pilsner Blair
Dr. Kristen Pilner Blair

Kristen Blair, PhD, is a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. She is co-author of the book, The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them.

In addition to thinking about how to communicate learning science principles in ways that can help inform practice, her work focuses on improving STEM instruction and assessment in both formal and informal settings. Through several National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Science funded projects, Dr. Blair has collaborated with cross-institutional partners to develop new learning technologies and instructional materials, including computer environments to support science learning by having students take on the role of teachers, an environment that integrates computational thinking and physics through modeling, and a tablet based mathematics game.

The ABC's of How We Learn
Co-authored by Dr. Blair

She also examines fundamental learning questions, such as how students learn from both positive and negative feedback, and how the features of examples provided to students influence their effectiveness for learning. On the assumption that an important goal of education is to prepare students to continue learning once they leave the classroom, Dr. Blair also works to develop new models of assessment that look at not only the knowledge students develop as a result of a given learning experience, but also how well the experience has prepared them to continue learning in the domain.

Dr. Blair holds a PhD in Learning Sciences and Technology Design from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in Mathematical and Computational Science.


Seminars and Materials to Download

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10:30 - 11:20 Active Learning Ideas for College Instructors
Denise Rempel
Reading in All Disciplines
Brandon Tenn and Caitlin Serpa
 Introducing the Flipped Classroom to Nursing Students
Claire Alvarez
Active Learning Faculty Development Adventures: Reflective Teaching Partnerships and Students Assessing Teaching and Learning
James Zimmerman

The Adult Classroom
Lana Jordan

11:30 - 12:20 Active Learning in Introductory Chemistry: Techniques and Tools
Kevin Revell
The Social Dimension: Reading in a Safe Place
Melissa Fries and Melissa Rocha
Research Validated Effective Teaching Strategies (that we will actually use!)
Brenda Schneider
Active Learning in Social Science
Scott Coahran
Contrasting Cases
Kristen Blair
1:30 - 2:20 In-class Polling
Natalie Doughall
Activities to Encourage Habits of Mind
Pam Huntington
Comparison of Student Performance in BIO-110 (The Cell) at UC Merced: To flip or not to Flip
Marcos Garcia-Ojeda
Quick and Easy Formative Assessment Techniques
Vince Piro
Cengage Active Learning
NIck Yazbec