Josh Eyler - Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Josh Eyler

January 30, 2020
The Great Hall

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In collaboration with the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning

Josh Eyler is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of humanities at Rice University. His eclectic research interests include the biological basis of learning, evidence-based pedagogy, and disability studies. He is the author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching


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On January 30th, 2020, the featured APEX speaker was Dr. Josh Eyler, executive director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of humanities at Rice University and the author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching. He was introduced to the stage by SUU’s Dr. Matt Weeg, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of SUU’s Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Eyler’s presentation revolved around the ideas and concepts from his book How Humans Learn, and how through scientific understanding of the psychology of human learning, educators can utilize this understanding to approach teaching at a post-secondary education level to give students the best education possible. Eyler talked about the importance of failure in the classroom and authenticity in both teaching and learning, and how educators can utilize some of the tips he mentioned from his book and not only help their students really understand the concepts being learned in the classroom, but also help the educators to be better teachers to their students and to be more transparent and clear in what they want their students to take away from the day’s material. In his presentation, Eyler encouraged making failure a normal and healthy part in the learning process as well as emphasizing feedback from students, lessening the value of the grading scale in students’ education, encouraging creativity and group discussions, and using emotion and storytelling in the classroom to engage and captivate students and to show them that their teachers don’t just care about what they’re learning or how well they’re understanding the material, but also about the students as individuals to best help them succeed both in school and in life. 

- By Emily Sexton


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