Workshop: Neuropsychological Research and Education   

Course ID - CTD0921 

Short Title: PET Project Series 1   

 Audience   Faculty  
Length of Workshop:      8 hours (5 workshop hours and 3 post workshop hours)

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

The focus of the workshop is practical application of the findings of brain research to classroom instructional methods. The process will model the best practices for learning by presenting material in short 20 minute time spans that hold participants maximum attention, immediately followed by activities that have participants apply this knowledge to instructional techniques. A break-out session will be held toward the end of the workshop to engage participants in an active review of the implications of brain research for instructional methods as well as encouraging a commitment to revise their teaching methods to reflect brain-compatible techniques. This workshop process is designed to bring new knowledge from short-term memory to long-term memory.

Plan of Evaluation:
I - Application of knowledge to the classroom setting (1 hour) - A Learning Community of faculty wishing to earn professional credit will be formed directly after the workshop. The Learning Community will contextualize the workshop and discuss how to field test these strategies in their classrooms. Each will create an action or lesson plan.
II - Analysis of application of knowledge (2 hours) - After field testing these strategies by implementing the action (or) lesson plan, each participant will write a reflection paper that discusses what was planned, what actually occurred, students responses to this methodology, similarities and differences noted in the lesson, and plans to improve for the future.
The Learning Community will reconvene within two weeks to de-brief the reflection papers and will discuss practical issues related to the workshop. The assignment will be reviewed and certified as complete by SOE personnel and posted to a School of Education PET Project PD Sharepoint Site.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the biological basis of learning
  • Compare and contrast thinking and learning
  • Identify the multiple pathways involved in learning
  • List and explain strategies for activating multiple learning pathways
  • Identify brain compatible teaching strategies and their appropriate uses
  • Analyze the role of stress in learning and the importance of reducing stress in class
  • Define biologically how the brain pays attention and how this can be enhanced
  • Analyze the role of emotion in the learning process


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Registration information
Course ID: CTD0921
Course Title: PET Project Series 1 
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.