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2017-18 Provost Lecture Series

Todd Easton

Lecture Based Tutoring - A New Active Learning Teaching Technique

Friday, April 6, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Hemisphere Room
5th floor, Hale Library
Todd Easton
Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems
2017-2018 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Archived Video of the Lecture

Biographical Sketch

Todd Easton is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, where he teaches and conducts research in operations research with a focus on optimization and mathematical decision making. He directs the master of operations research program, which is offered to both on-campus and distance students. In 2005, he led the development of a concurrent B.S./M.S. degree and has successfully convinced 25 K-State undergraduates to stay and complete an M.S. thesis under his direction. His research interests span a wide variety of topics including optimization in disease mitigation, sports, group consensus, logistics and theoretical integer programming. The creation of lecture based tutoring is a direct result of his efforts to optimize students' learning during a lecture. Dr. Easton has received numerous teaching awards including K-State's Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and is also the 2017-2018 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars.


In 2003, Dr. Easton created a new active learning teaching style called Lecture Based Tutoring. A conference proceeding explaining this teaching style was awarded the best paper by the American Society for Engineering Education. As the 2017-2018 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars, Easton proposed advancing undergraduate teaching and learning at Kansas State by informing and mentoring faculty in this new teaching technique. During his April 6, 2017 Coffman Lecture, Dr. Easton will explain this teaching style and discuss the resulting impact of his efforts to improve undergraduate teaching on campus. Participants are invited to participate and learn about effective teaching methods at this presentation or any of his other campus wide events.