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Using Brain Research on Learning to Help Engage the 21st Century Learner
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About the session:

The last fifty years of brain research has yielded insights in how the brain learns and stores information. There is no doubt that we learn by exploring. Interestingly, we have created “learning environments” that do not support exploration. The experience of many students, particular in universities, is filled by passive rather than active learning. Despite the fact that students today are digital natives, students continued to be taught using an industrial revolution model where memorization is emphasized as opposed to an information age model where learning is interactive and creativity and problem solving can happen in real time. This passive learning environment persists even when research shows that incorporating active learning in the classroom facilitate learning. This presentation will provide an overview about the brain and learning and will argue that incorporating technology in the classroom may help engaged the 21st century learner.

About the presenter:

Edwin J. Barea Rodriguez, PhD 

Dr. Barea-Rodriguez is the Associate Dean of Student Success and Instructional Innovation in the Colleges of Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and served as the chair of Biology for eight years. He is also a professor of neurobiology in the Department of Biology and the program director of the NIH-NIGMS MARC/ RISE student training programs. These programs are designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines. After several years investigating the biology of learning and memory, he began focusing his efforts on student success and pedagogy in STEM disciplines. His main goal is to facilitate student success in STEM by incorporating best practices in teaching and learning in STEM courses.