Using Humor To Enhance Learning, Teaching & Leadership
A variety of theoretical and empirical studies show that individuals can use humor to improve teaching and the classroom environment. This webinar will provide a synthesis of the brain research behind using humor and its benefits in teaching and learning. By grounding the work in empirical studies, the webinar provides a theoretical model and practical examples of how humor connects to the brain, improves retention of material, and engages individuals in learning. The webinar will provide several practical strategies on how humor is fun and effective. Join us to learn how easy it is to use stories and jokes to improve teaching, increase learning, and even enhance leadership abilities of educators.
- Be able to understand the theory behind humor, the brain, and learning
- Understand the research (literature) that connects learning and humor
- Apply practical examples of using humor to enhance the learning environment
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full & part-time)
- Student Development Directors
- Any educator interested in learning more about using humor in the learning process
"No data, no decision. If you get people laughing you can teach them anything."
It's easy to have fun with Dr. Peter Jonas, it is also easy to learn with him. So go ahead, laugh at him, everyone else does. Peter is a professor of research and chairperson of the doctoral leadership department at Cardinal Stritch University has become well-known for his wise-cracking comments and lectures on humor. Beneath the humor is a message: If you get people laughing, they will listen, and you can teach them anything.
Peter is a full professor and has tenure at Cardinal Stritch University. He has written three books (two of them that were any good) in support of his research on humor: Laughing and Learning: An Alternative to Shut-up and Listen (2009) and Secrets of Connecting Leadership and Learning to Humor (2004). Peter has been at Cardinal Stritch University for more than 30 years teaching research, statistics, and leadership. He has a keen interest in technology and has made more than 100 presentations across the country and working with organizations to develop the following:
In addition, Peter has also been actively involved in consulting and writing; authoring more than 40 books, manuals, and articles in professional periodicals. Peter is also a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. He has served as the Dean of the College of Business and Management, Director of Institutional Research and worked on more than 50 different grant projects. Ultimately, Peter attempts to integrate teaching, scholarship, service, and humor into his leadership philosophy.
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