"The Hidden Power of Interactive Teaching Activities: Retention, Assessment, and Engagement" Featuring Nathan DeWall

Created by Elizabeth Uva Employee on Mar 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at This is a pre-recorded webinar

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Nathan DeWall




C. Nathan DeWall provides instructors with novel teaching activities that they can use in their classrooms and discusses how interactive activities can offer an easy means of teaching assessment and increasing student engagement.


Teaching takes various forms. People flip classrooms, digitize readings, and swap chalk for smartboards. However, the same problems continue to plague higher education: retention, assessment, and engagement.


In this talk, C. Nathan DeWall addresses these problems by:

          • Providing instructors with novel teaching activities to use in class

          • Showing how these kinds of activities can help retain students

          • Offering suggestions for enhancing activities with assessment and engagement opportunities




Nathan DeWall is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Olaf College, a Master’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University. DeWall received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. In 2011, the Association for Psychological Science identified DeWall as a “Rising Star” for “making significant contributions to the field of psychological science.”


DeWall conducts research on close relationships, self-control, and aggression. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, he has published over 120 scientific articles and chapters. DeWall’s research awards include the SAGE Young Scholars award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. His research has been covered by numerous media outlets, including Good Morning America,Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, and National Public Radio. DeWall blogs for Psychology Today. He has lectured nationally and internationally, including in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Greece, Hungary, and Australia.


Nathan is happily married to Alice DeWall. He enjoys playing with his two golden retrievers, Finnegan and Atticus. In his spare time, he writes novels, watches sports, and runs and runs and runs—including in 2013 a half marathon, two marathons, two 50-mile ultramarathons, and one 100-mile ultramarathon.

This is a pre-recorded webinar