2013 Celebration of Teaching and Learning #CLbrT13


We had a great time at the 2013 Celebration of Teaching and Learning on Friday, and hope those of you who were able to attend did as well!

The editorial team wanted to share just a few of our favorite moments from the 2013 Celebration of Teaching and Learning.


  • I learned the importance of spaced retrieval and how Anki – Keith Lyle’s electronic flashcard program – can support this concept.
  • Ben Motz presented research that challenged my assumption about best practiced with group work. I need to further investigate whether heterogeneous or homogeneous groups are better.
  • Terry Doyle’s session reinforced that time x practice = mastery.


  • I was reminded that there are several brain-based technological “freebies” out there. One of my favorites is Lumosity.


  • I enjoyed hearing about all of the tools and strategies that can support brain-based learning, including Tegrity, just-in-time teaching, flipping the classroom, wikis, and rubrics.
  • Terry Doyle said if there was one thing that stuck with us from everything he said, he hoped it was the importance of giving cumulative tests. It stuck.


  • I had a great time participating in the Twitter backchannel. Not only did I get to learn from Terry and Ben, but I was able to “engage my social brain” by considering and making sense of what I was learning with colleagues from across UofL.

Below, you’ll find some of our favorite Tweets and Tweeted pictures using Storify.

What were your favorite moments for the 2013 Celebration of Teaching and Learning? For those of you not able to attend, what questions do you have for your colleagues who did?

  1. #CLbrT13 Focus teaching on what we want students to apply 6-mo to 1-yr later… Terry Doyle
  2. #CLbrT13 Haven’t found an employer yet that is looking for employee’s that are good at taking multiple choice tests and taking notes!
  3. #clbrt13 http://pic.twitter.com/6vD4bfAK
  4. Cramming works, as Doyle says…but only in the VERY short term. Useless in the long term. #CLbrT13
  5. #CLbrT13
    Time and effort and practice (not intellect/IQ) create learning
  6. #CLbrT13 http://pic.twitter.com/O0jgHMVi
  7. #CLbrT13 Be aware of Cognitive Load! The brain can only handle 4 to 5 new ideas at a time.
  8. How do you know that song you don’t want to? Repetition. Same can be true for anything. – good example! #CLbrT13
  9. Memories are made during sleep. Sleep deprivation inhibits memory making. Inhibited memory making=inhibited learning. #CLbrT13
  10. #CLbrT13 UofL Prof Dave Simpson added a treadmill to computer workstation. Physical fitness and mental acuity goes hand-in-hand.
  11. RT @RobinPregnancy: #clbrt13 http://pic.twitter.com/XEgIfxf6
  12. RT @Nisha_Gupta_i2a: #CLbrT13 just in time teaching – shout out for i2a Institute Plenary speaker Scott Simkins, save the date May 20-22, 2013 #i2ainstitute13
  13. If you’re tweeting at the conference, grab a sticker at registration and share your username! #CLbrT13 http://pic.twitter.com/qq3Jr0wm
  14. RT @RobinPregnancy: You get the same benefits from 30 minutes of aerobics as Adderall. Doyle #CLbrT13
  15. Address skills and effort in grading comments. #CLbrT13” excellent suggestion. No more “good job”. Get specific .
  16. Come visit Adam and me at the Virtual Writing Center table! Let’s talk Blackboard Collaborate! #CLbrT13 http://pic.twitter.com/VE51kkRE
  17. Views from Formative Assessment #CLbrT13 http://pic.twitter.com/uluigT9d
  18. #CLbrT13 Angela is really happy checking people in at the registration table! http://pic.twitter.com/KihjvMv8
  19. #CLbrT13 @DelphiCelebrate Another book I recommend is Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds.
  20. Questions about the countless functions of Blackboard? Stop by the Learning Science Cafe for some answers! #CLbRT13 http://pic.twitter.com/y6PFNibQ
  21. #CLbrT13 what is multitasking: “the ability to do lots of things poorly at the same time” #StevenFriedland
  22. #CLbrT13
    “Desirable difficulty:” making a retrieval attempt difficult can increase retention
  23. #CLbrT13 The Learning Science Cafe has finished for the day but if you have questions please send them along and we’ll get back to you!
  24. When judgements are motivated by pre-existing beliefs, people don’t think rationally, they think emotionally. @BenMotz #CLbrT13
  25. @BenMotz #CLbrT13 http://pic.twitter.com/yWdvJZx1
  26. #CLbrT13 Spaced retrieval practice is probably the most important idea I will take away from the celebration.


12 thoughts on “2013 Celebration of Teaching and Learning #CLbrT13

  1. Wish I could have been there, though I also attended a great symposium on African American and Latino student success. Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe started the morning, and two different but connecting thoughts stuck with me, as well as the student participants I heard from yesterday. “Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”– Einstein. (Reminds me of the tweet above about the fact that employers aren’t looking for students who are only great at multiple choice tests.). He also asked us to consider and repeat, “I can. I will. I must.” We each define that for ourselves, though once we do is it something we tuck away in thought or something we actively aim to do every day? It’s not enough to come and take notes; we must also integrate that can/will/must into regular practice. Some of the students commented that once the “must” of getting into college was completed and they’re here, they don’t feel like they hear enough about “must graduate”– interesting observation that makes me wonder how our practice could change to improve that.

  2. Effort and Practice (via space retrieval) make people learn… I will need to have the references handy in case my students ever tell me “I am not good at….” I will also try to be mindful about the time of assignments and prompting questions.

    Thank you all the Delphi Center team and the presenters for such a great conference!

  3. I liked Terry’s quote from Robert Bjork: “Learning is the ability to use information after significant periods of disuse, and it is the ability to use the information to solve problems that arise in a context different (if only slightly) from the context in which the information was originally taught.” This challenges me to question how we are measuring learning in my discipline.

    Very interesting conference. Ben Motz’s closing plenary was quite engaging and I enjoyed his presentation style.

  4. One thing that struck me about the topic is the advances we’ve made in brain science and in particular how that discipline has practical application in education. My suspicion is that many of the “better” students use some of the techniques mentioned — perhaps unconsciously, while some of the students who may need help need to have more explicit help with study tips. Having three children go through a state-recognized high school prepared them for a lot of things — but not HOW to study. With the techniques we’re learning through brain science, it may be time to begin pondering how we can help more students and thus increase student retention. Just a thought.

    • Steve, your comment about the high school preparation, or lack thereof, regarding HOW to study caused me to pull out my soapbox. Perhaps the issue isn’t so much that a high school education did/does not educate them on HOW to study because the impetus is not there for secondary school educators to teach students HOW to study. Rather, they are focused on teaching material that will be covered on a statewide assessment that fuels funding for school districts. Maybe if students are taught HOW to think rather than WHAT to do for an assessment, we might see a change. Until then, I am afraid this will be like pushing pudding up a hill.

  5. Ben Motz’s closing session was very interesting. I am one of those weirdos he was referring to that tries to engineer student teams. In some classes, I’ll intentionally mix up my majors, minors, and other students when forming teams. @BenMotz shared a MatLab script with me that uses Markov Chain Monte Carlo method (simulated annealing) to form groups that are maximally homogeneous. Perhaps, a tad ambitious for my goals! I start with a multi-level sort in Excel and then make a draft team assignment before tweaking by hand.

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