University of North Dakota

Dr. William B. Jeffries Seminar: "Death of the Lecture"

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Dr. William B. Jeffries on May 23, 2018 at noon in E101 for his talk entitled “Embracing Evidence-Based Teaching: Curricular, Infrastructure and Faculty Development.” This is the second in the Educator Faculty Development Speaker Series sponsored by the Office of Education and Faculty Affairs and by Education Resources.

Dr. Jeffries is widely known for his leadership in redesigning the University of Vermont’s medical curriculum to replace all lectures with active learning. The Washington Post wrote about this effort which sparked a national conversation about the role of the lecture in medical education, including a widely read piece in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Dr. Jeffries will discuss the factors that led to the development of the culture of lecturing at medical schools, define the concept of active learning and review the evidence for its efficacy. Participants will develop strategies on how to introduce active learning into their medical teaching and ways that a medical school can support the use of these methods.


Dr. Jeffries will also be visiting with curriculum personnel throughout the day, will speak to the school at noon, and will be available for follow-up discussion at 1:00pm in E418 (lunch is provided, but space is limited).


William B. Jeffries, Ph.D. is the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Pharmacology at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Jeffries earned his master's and doctoral degrees in pharmacology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He is an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association and spent two decades as a successful hypertension research investigator. He has also been actively engaged in health sciences education for more than twenty years, teaching and directing courses for medical, nursing, pharmacy and dental students. His current scholarly interests include effective teaching, curriculum design, strategic institutional planning and technological innovation. He is author of nearly 100 publications and is coeditor (with Dr. Kathryn Huggett) of two editions of An Introduction to Medical Education., a faculty development manual for medical teachers. Dr. Jeffries served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Medical Science Educators and is a past chair of the Division for Pharmacology Education of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. In 2017 he was the recipient of the IAMSE Master Scholar Award, for distinguished educational Scholarship.


As part of the day’s events, graduate student Jessica Warns will present “Instructor and Learner Behaviors in a Medical School Classroom Designed for Active Learning” at 10:30 AM in room E422. The presentation/workshop will provide an overview of the research she and Dr. John Shabb conducted last year to measure the kinds of teaching activities that occur in the active learning classrooms at the SMHS. The workshop will provide hands-on practice scoring with Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS), the tool they used for measuring teaching behavior.


If you are interested in attending any of these events, please RSVP by following the link to register below to ensure we have adequate seating at all events. Feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS), E101
1301 N Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, ND 58202

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Lectures & Presentations

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Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Graduate/Professional Students

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Research, Academic

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Education & Human Development, Medicine & Health Sciences

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