Keynote: Dr. Joe Kim

Co-organized by the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and the Centre for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Joe Kim head shot with the Teaching and Learning Month Logo around it on a blue backgroundTeaching and Learning Month Keynote Event

with special guest
Dr. Joe Kim, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University

Join us as our 2024 Teaching and Learning Month with several sessions facilitated by Dr. Joe Kim.  This  series will offer an opportunity to focus on your teaching as well as your personal well-being.  Lunch will be provided to allow participants time to connect with colleagues from across the university.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Psychology of Focusing on What Really Matters

Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: Ellis Hall, Room 321

We are pulled in multiple directions with increasing demands for our time and attention. Without a game plan, confusion, procrastination and “busy work” dominate over moving toward higher goals. Research from psychology can provide effective strategies to choose priorities that separate signal from noise, focus attention to engage in deep work, and develop habits that invest limited resources on what really matters. In this workshop we will (1) explore how understanding the cognitive architecture of the mind leads to developing a working plan to handle daily challenges with optimized solutions; (2) develop a culture for productivity that promotes deep work; and (3) learn about tools to integrate into workflows to shift our resources to important tasks that include strategic planning.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

KEYNOTE: Using Cognitive Principles to Motivate Durable Learning in Students

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am
Location: Ellis Hall, Auditorium

Research from cognitive psychology on attention, memory and learning has informed our pedagogical decisions to develop evidence-based interventions in education. A key focus has been to promote learning that is durable – extending beyond short-term testing into long-term retention of information that remains with the student after the final exam. In this presentation, I will discuss how academic performance is significantly improved with effective learning strategies that have been established in controlled lab studies and translated to the classroom. These practices work by strengthening long-term retention and depend on instructors to implement effective instructional design and students to take an active role in their own learning.

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Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Lunch will be available to anyone who attends the morning and/or afternoon events. Please use the registration form for either event to indicate if you intend to participate in the lunch.


Science of Delivering Powerful Presentations

Time: 12:30 - 3:00pm
Location: Ellis Hall, Room 321

The goal of this day is to provide evidence-based strategies and insights for designing and delivering effective and engaging materials for multimedia presentations. In part 1, we focus on presentation structure, story and message. In part 2, we examine multimedia design principles for effective slide design. Whether you are a teacher, trainer or professional, understanding how to enhance your message for focus, clarity, and engagement, will help your audience retain information for the long-term.

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About Dr. Joe Kim

Dr. Joe KimI'm a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour where I have 3 major roles. A common link is my desire to implement evidence-based practices to promote life-long learning.

  1. Director of Education & Cognition Lab.  We study how cognitive principles of attention, memory and learning can be applied to improve education and training. Currently the lab has a co-PI, two post-docs, lab manager, 3 grad students and each year we have about a dozen undergrad research students.  
  2. Faculty Director of McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program. This program (through the generous support of the McCall MacBain Foundation) supports the leadership and education development of a cohort of postdocs from across the university.
  3. Principal Instructor for MacIntroPsych. I co-ordinate the innovative McMaster Introductory Psychology (MacIntroPsych) program which combines traditional lectures with interactive on-line resources and small group tutorials. Each year, over 6,000 students enrol in the program  which has been prominently featured in Maclean’s, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and numerous education media outlets.