The Office of Faculty Development’s 2014 Teaching and Learning Symposium was held on Tuesday, April 15 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center.
The 2014 Symposium featured:
- A poster session
- A keynote lecture, delivered by Dr. James M. Lang
- The 2014 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
To see a PDF of the program for the 2014 Symposium, including a full schedule of events, please click here.
Keynote Address: Cheating Lessons: Learning From Academic Dishonesty
Nearly three-quarters of college students cheat during their undergraduate careers, a startling number attributed variously to the laziness of today’s students, their lack of a moral compass, or the demands of a hypercompetitive society. For James Lang, cultural or sociological explanations like these are red herrings. His provocative new research indicates that students often cheat because their learning environments give them ample incentives to try—and that strategies which make cheating less worthwhile also improve student learning. Cheating Lessons is a practical guide to tackling academic dishonesty at its roots.
Drawing on an array of findings from cognitive theory, Lang analyzes the specific, often hidden features of course design and daily classroom practice that create opportunities for cheating. Courses that set the stakes of performance very high, that rely on single assessment mechanisms like multiple-choice tests, that have arbitrary grading criteria: these are the kinds of conditions that breed cheating. Lang seeks to empower teachers to create more effective learning environments that foster intrinsic motivation, promote mastery, and instill the sense of self-efficacy that students need for deep learning.
About Dr. James M. Lang
James M. Lang is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which are Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008). A starred review in Library Journal describes Cheating Lessons as a “lively book” that “explains relevant cognitive theory, outlines factors that foster cheating, and presents fascinating examples of course structures and classroom activities that stimulate students to work toward mastering their subjects.” Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in The Chronicle since 1999. His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Time, and America. He is a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster in higher education. He has a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.
2014 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
NC State honored more than two dozen faculty members at the 2013-2014 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception. For a recap of the ceremony, please visit: https://news.ncsu.edu/2014/04/teaching-awards-announced/