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Best-selling author to address how to be a good student, instructor

2014 Ken Bain Speaker
  Ken Bain

Students and instructors looking for a spark of inspiration at the beginning of the academic year—or maybe just some practical tips for making the most of their learning experiences—can mark their calendars for Aug. 25.

Ken Bain, an experienced educator and author of the books What the Best College Teachers Do and What the Best College Students Do, will offer three highly interactive seminars about successful strategies for teaching and learning across the academic spectrum. Each event is free. Registration can be completed at

UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning has partnered with the Division of Student Affairs and the Graduate School to bring the best-selling author to campus.

Bain’s 2004 seminal book, What the Best College Teachers Do, offers a research-based guide to making an impact in the lives of students. Bain concludes that the best instructors know their subjects well, teach learning objectives that go beyond the scope of a single course, ask questions that challenge students’ assumptions and build trust with students. The best teachers also find ways to measure the effectiveness of their instruction.

Bain’s 2012 follow-up book, What the Best College Students Do, focuses on the development of deep learning skills, which is learning that has a sustained and substantial influence on the way students will subsequently think, act and feel.

Chase Hagood, CTL’s assistant director of faculty development and recognition, said Bain speaks authoritatively about teaching and learning to both faculty and students.

Bain will deliver the seminar “How to Foster Deep Approaches and Achievements in Learning” to faculty from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 271 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

He will explore a core question associated with teaching and learning at the college level: How do you help and encourage students to achieve deep learning?

“How to Learn and Foster Deep Learning in Others,” a graduate student workshop, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center.

“How to Get the Most Out of College,” which will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in Tate’s Grand Hall, is designed to help undergraduates tap their abilities to be successful in college and reap the benefits of the time they spend studying.