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Keynote Address - Dr. James Lang

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James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  He is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016) Cheating Lessons:Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008).  Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. 
He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than a hundred colleges or universities in the US and abroad.  He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. 

How do we foster positive change in higher education?

For the past several decades we have witnessed a parade of proposals for the complete overhaul of the landscape of higher education, the structure of the university, the nature of our courses, the physical spaces in which we teach, and the technologies which connect us to our students.

This lecture will argue that while we should continue to explore the boundaries of what is possible in higher education, we can best create positive change for our students by attending to the small, everyday decisions we make in terms of how we design our courses, create learning in our classrooms, and communicate with our students. 
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