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May 2017

News & Updates

Teaching and Learning Symposium

for members of our PBEA-PLC Team 

The goals of the Symposium are to:
  • improve use of the PBEA E-Learning Modules and the ALAs through in-depth use of the materials and
  • improve your classroom learning & teaching strategies. 
This symposium will directly immerse you in preparing for your next academic year.   Included in the symposium are field trips, demonstrations, and lots of hands-on, minds-on work.  Workshop topics include lesson planning, questioning techniques, how people learn, information processing, student assessment, and more.  Rita Mumm will also be providing a session introducing the new Introduction to Plant Breeding Module.  An expanded agenda and registration information will be released in the coming weeks.

Where:  Iowa State University, Ames Iowa

When:  July 31 to August 4, 2017

How:  Funding is available for three faculty to attend from each of our partner institutions. This includes airfare, transportation, and meals & lodging while in Ames.  Other faculty may attend at their own expense.  The registration information and costs for those not sponsored by PBEA-PLC will be released in the coming weeks.

IMCDA Joint Partners Meeting

The Annual Joint Partners Meeting on the Improved MSc in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) will be held July 10-14, 2017.  The meeting is being co-hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and IMCDA funders, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).  The meeting will be taking place from July 10-14 at Tsogo Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotels in Durban, South Africa.

You Wanted to Know...

Writing Effective Learning Objectives

Objectives of a lesson will ensure you use valid assessment strategies and determine how you plan the remainder of the learning experience.  A learning objective should be able to easily answer the question of what a student will be able to do after the learning experience that they could not do before.

A well written learning objective can be easily observed, can be easily measured, and has 4 major components.  These four components follow an ABCD model, can be arranged in any order, and are as follows:

  1. Audience—the intended learner.  The audience can be broad or very specific. example:  students or Quantitative Genetics Students
  2. Behavior— is a verb that describes the knowledge or skill the intended learner will be able to demonstrate after the lesson.  This behavior should be both observable and measurable.  example:  understand, analyze, demonstrate  
  3. Condition—equipment, tools, or resources that the learner may use in order to complete the behavior.  example: 
  4. Degree—states the acceptable mastery for the objective.  This can be difficult to determine for some behaviors.  example: 100% accuracy or 9 out of 10 times
For more information on writing effective learning objectives visit the PLC website here:

The Brain and Learning

Dr. Susan Van Alderan highlights the use of brain science in education, and how it ties to the use of learner-centered teaching methods.  For more information on how the brain influence learning visit the PLC website here:

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