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Canadian Excellence

Annual Teaching Day 2011


Student motivation and success is the theme for this year’s Teaching Day.

For this centennial year, we are bridging both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses for a multi-day teaching day event. Transportation will be available for those wishing to travel to either campus for this event. Information about each of the keynote speakers is below.

Agenda for Monday, August 29, 2011 at Brantford campus

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Todd Zakrajsek

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is the Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was previously the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor in the psychology department. Todd also directs the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning at Traverse City, Michigan, and the International Conference on Improving University Teaching. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in over 30 states and 4 countries in the past several years.

Time Session
9:30 a.m. Registration
9:50 a.m. Welcome
10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: How Students Learn: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning

  • Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Abundant research demonstrates that learning takes place when the student's mind actively engages in the material. The major problem is determining how to increase that activity. Within the discipline of human memory, learning, and cognition exists a vast body of literature dealing specifically with this issue. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the basic concepts in human learning, how to present information so that students most effectively encode it into long-term memory, and how to help students know when they know.
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Student Panel
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m.

Workshop with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek -
Overcoming Apathy in the Classroom

What can instructors do to facilitate learning when they encounter students who seem uninterested and even apathetic toward course content and assignments? 

Part of the responsibility for learning belongs to students, but as faculty, we can find new ways to motivate, inspire, and maybe even cajole students to learn. This workshop demonstrates and explains how instructors can make classroom learning, perhaps one of the most artificial learning settings, a more meaningful experience for students.  The presenter uses theories of learning and motivation as a basis for creating strategies to increase student engagement in course content and class sessions.

2:15 p.m. Academic Integrity Session
2:45 p.m. Day concludes

Agenda for Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Waterloo campus

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tim Pychyl

IMGP6127_webpage.JPGDr. Timothy A. Pychyl (Tim) is an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University (Ottawa) where he is also the director of the Procrastination Research Group ( Tim has received numerous teaching awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Ontario Federation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award, and the University Medal for Distinguished Teaching. He has been an invited speaker across the country for over a decade working with faculty towards more effective practice and self-understanding in their role as teachers in higher education. Tim's research complements his passion for teaching with a focus on the breakdown in volitional action commonly called procrastination. Through this work, he has gained insight into student motivation and strategies to foster more engagement in the classroom. You can learn more about his work at his Don't Delay blog on Psychology Today (, his iProcrastinate Podcast on iTunes, or through his new book, The Procrastinator's Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle (

Time Session
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:40 a.m.

Keynote Address -
The psychology of student engagement: 
Strategies for lighting the fire for learning

  • Dr. Tim Pychyl, Associate Professor of Psychology at Carleton University and the Director of the Procrastination Research Group

How do we light the fire for learning in our students?

How can we get them engaged and help them meet their own learning goals?

An award-winning teacher and psychologist whose research focus is procrastination, Tim Pychyl explains the science and art of "pedagogical pyromania." Tim draws on the psychology of human motivation as well as the scholarship of teaching in higher education to weave together a practical perspective on student engagement. The focus is on strategies for change at the level of course design, curricular choices and teaching practice to engage students in their learning more effectively.

11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Student Panel
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Gallery
1:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:15 p.m. Closing Reflections with Dr. Tim Pychyl
2:30 p.m. Day concludes