The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning is pleased to announce a day of workshops with the internationally-acclaimed creator of the VARK questionnaire on learning styles, Neil Fleming.
On Friday, October 5, 2012, Fleming will facilitate two workshops at Saint Louis University. Both are open to SLU faculty, graduate students, adjuncts, and other instructors.
To register for one or both of these workshops, please click here.
How Does Learning Work? An Update on Learning
Friday, October 5, 2012, 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Multi-purpose Room, Allied Health Building (Health Sciences)
In this interactive workshop, Fleming will address the question, How does learning work?, providing a look at what brain-based research suggests and inviting participants to consider how this information might transform their teaching practices.
From Teaching to Learning
Friday, October 5, 2012, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Room, Busch Student Center (Frost)
This interactive workshop will focus on the paradigm shift "from teaching to learning" and the importance of this shift for higher education today. Fleming will focus on concrete teaching strategies instructors can use to improve student learning.
About Neil Fleming
Neil D Fleming is first and foremost a teacher. He has taught in universities, teacher education centers and high schools. Before working for eleven years in faculty development at Lincoln University, he was for nine years a senior inspector for the over 100 high schools in the South Island of New Zealand. This involved being a critical observer of over 9000 'lessons' in classrooms. There, he developed a healthy respect for the different ways in which students learned and teachers taught.
He is best known worldwide for the design of the VARK questionnaire and its support materials. (To view them interactively, go to www.vark-learn.com. This website hosts over one million people annually who complete the online questionnaire. A much larger number visits and uses the online resources. It is this work that has seen him invited to present keynote presentations and workshops all over the world. In addition to his work on learning styles, Neil also leads workshops on faculty development, serves as an advisor to a number of professional elite sports teams around the world, and consults with organizations in the Pacific and Asia, helping them to evaluate Educational Aid projects for NZAID and The UN's Asian Development Bank on learning in: Samoa, Fiji, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, The Cook Islands, Tonga and Malaysia.
As a scholar with an international perspective, his writing can be found in the key faculty development journals in Britain, North America and Australasia. His most recent contribution was a chapter on Biases in Grading for a UK-publication Assessment Matters edited by Sally Brown. Neil has written best-selling educational textbooks on Consumer Education and Economics. He has authored books for the general public, for faculty and for students. His collection of effective and practical classroom management strategies is included in the book 55 Strategies for Teaching that has had sales worldwide. The seminal work on VARK was published in 1992 as Not Another Inventory, Rather a Catalyst for Reflection, in To Improve the Academy, Vol. 11 (1992). To this was added a VARK for Business book in 2012.
Neil has a deep interest in learning and faculty development and a passion for fine furniture making and family.