2016 Teaching and Learning Symposium

The Office of Faculty Development’s 2016 Teaching and Learning Symposium was held on Monday, April 11 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center.

The 2016 Symposium featured:



To see a PDF of the program for the 2016 Symposium, including a full schedule of events, please click here.

Poster Session

Thirty teams of faculty, staff and students presented at the Teaching and Learning Symposium’s poster session.

Keynote Address: From Theory to Practice: Improving Student Learning with Desirable Difficulties

Our understanding of how people learn is growing. So as teachers we are left to struggle with how to translate theory and research on student learning into implementable practice. The purpose of this talk is to share information and ideas about how we can use existing research on the importance of the learner’s struggle. “Desirable difficulties” or the practice of creating a situation that initially makes learning more difficult for students has been shown to increase student performance and long-term retention. However, asking students to negotiate frustration and confusion also brings about challenges for faculty and students alike. In this session we will generate teaching strategies that ask learners to struggle as well as articulate approaches for managing student resistance to desirable difficulties.
Mary Blythe Daniels

About Dr. Mary Blythe Daniels

Dr. Mary Blythe Daniels recently co-authored A Concise
Guide to Improving Student Learning: Six Evidence-Based Principles and How to Apply Them
(with Diane Persellin, Stylus Press, 2014). She has been for twelve years a facilitator at the Associated Colleges of the South Summer Teaching and Learning Workshop. In addition, she has also led workshops for faculty and faculty developers at Macalester College and the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities(2015-16). Her teaching has received recognition at the national level when she was named the 2015 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Kentucky Professor of the Year. She has also been awarded the National Endowment of the Humanities Professorship (2004-2007) and the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006) by Centre College, where she is Professor of Spanish. This year she is serving as the college’s inaugural Teaching Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning (2015). Daniels is also active as a scholar of Spanish Golden Age theatre. She earned her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completed an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1996.

2016 Teaching Awards Luncheon and Ceremony

NC State honored nearly thirty faculty members at the 2015-2016 University Teaching Awards Luncheon and Ceremony.