Session Title
Pathways to Excellence: A Reflection on How Connections Enrich Learning
Actual pathways expedite transmission along a given route, whether a trail through the forest, the organizational chart in a company, or the synergy that occurs when two or more concepts align. Connections are the true foundation of learning. In this session we'll explore the connections that motivate learners, advance concepts, and integrate learning systems and how these connected pathways contribute to enriching the foundation for learning.
Learning Objectives: After this session, participants will be able to . . .
Intended Participants: Role
Instructional Designers
QM Peer Reviewers and QM Master Reviewers
QM Coordinators
Intended Participants: Knowledge Level
Todd Zakrajsek Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty Fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek (Ph.D., Industrial Organizational Psychology) is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty Fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Faculty Development in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. He is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, Dr. Zakrajsek started and directed centers for teaching and learning at Central Michigan University and Southern Oregon University (where he also taught as a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology).

Dr. Zakrajsek has served on many educational boards, including The Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Higher Education Teaching Learning Portal; Technology Enriched Instruction (Microsoft); Communicating Science in K-12 (Harvard); and Education Research Initiative (Lenovo). Currently, he directs five national Lilly Conferences on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.

His recently co-authored books include Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness (Stylus Publishing, to be released June 2017); Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Education Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (Routledge, 2015); and The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain (Stylus; 2013).