Ken Bain (@kenbain1), President of the Best Teachers Institute, spent much of his academic career at Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and NYU, before becoming Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of History and Urban Education at the University of the District of Columbia, a post he left in July 2013. He was also the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University. Dr. Bain is internationally recognized for his insights into teaching and learning and for a fifteen-year study of what the best educators do. His now classic book, What the Best College Teachers Do, won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society, and has been one of the top selling books on higher education. The sequel, What the Best College Students Do, won the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize in 2012 and has become an international best seller. Dr. Bain is currently working on three additional books in the “Best” Series, including: What the Best College Administrators Do, What the Best Online Teachers Do, and What the Best K-12 Teachers Do.
“Fostering Deep Learning and Adaptive Expertise”
Research suggests that many students will never intend to understand, apply, or think about the implications or possibilities of what they are studying. Instead, they will predominantly intend to make a good grade or simply to survive the course, neither of which is the intention to learn deeply. Unfortunately, such results often stem from well-meaning but misguided educational practices that often produce surface or strategic learning at best. But that need not be the case.
A rich body of research points to a much different and far more satisfying result. In this highly interactive session we will explore and apply that research and learn how to foster the deepest of intentions and achievements. We will explore the concept of adaptive expertise and how we can foster that kind of expertise in our students, producing graduates who are prepared to address the rapidly changing and complex issues of our times.