Conversations With John TaggOverview

The Conversations with John Tagg event is being offered on two separate dates:
Friday, October 5th, 2007 Small Group Conversation 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Meal & Keynote 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
or Saturday, October 6th, 2007 Small Group Conversation 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Meal & Keynote 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Whether you choose to participate on Friday or Saturday, Conversations with John Tagg allows you to attend either a small group discussion with John (limited to 40 attendees) or a plated-meal keynote presentation afterwards (limited to 180), or both. Light snacks accompany the small group conversation, which is an informal, collegial discussion about the learning paradigm and its application. Following some time for good food and networking in small groups around dining tables, John’s keynote address to the gathering will be an interactive and thought-provoking learning-centered experience adding substance and detail to your consideration of the learning paradigm.


Small Group Conversations (limited to 40):

Attend either

Friday, October 5, 2007, 4 – 6 PM,  Kelly Center, Cox C
or Saturday, October 6, 2007, 10 AM – Noon, Kelly Center, Cox C

In an informal setting, with open dialogue and questions and/or comments encouraged, John will prompt collegial conversations about the learning paradigm and the salient lessons learned in the years since its conception and growing acceptance in higher education. Discussants will have the opportunity to share best practices in launching and maintaining the learning paradigm on their own campuses, to ask advice about vexing implementation challenges, etc. Here is your chance to solicit suggestions and input from John, a leading voice in higher education’s move to the learning paradigm, as well as from colleagues in other departments, colleges, and universities.


Plated Meal with Keynote Address:

Attend either
Friday, October 5, 2007, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Kelly Center, Cox A&B
or Saturday, October 6, 2007, 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Kelly Center, Cox A&B

Even though a keynote address is typically a more formal presentation of information, John’s version is a bit more interactive. Prepare to be engaged and prompted to think about college and university teaching and its practices in a different light. John will ask you to don a new perceptual filter through which to view teaching and the practices devised to accomplish learning at college and university campuses. Be forewarned: John Tagg is a provocateur. You may leave wondering about the strategies, culture, and practices in place at your institution that promote student learning (or not). You will be fortunate, however, to have also been presented with alternative ideas for practice as well as indications of their effectiveness at various institutions where the move to the learning paradigm and its focus on student outcomes are working well.

Why Should I Attend?

In the years since John Tagg and co-author Robert Barr presented their influential Change article about the need for higher education to move from the instruction paradigm to the learning paradigm, evidence has mounted that this approach is not just preferable but necessary. Regional accreditors now focus on student learning outcomes as a key measure of institutional effectiveness, a shift completely in line with the learning-centered paradigm.

In this event, John will: 1.) help clarify your understanding of the learning paradigm; 2.) explain and demonstrate why it’s better for you, your students, and your institution; and, 3.) enable you to explain this dramatic shift to colleagues in terms of better student outcomes. John has studied the learning paradigm’s impact on higher education, examined its many permutations at multiple colleges and universities, and walks his talk as a Palomar College professor. Whether you attend only the meal with keynote or both the prior conversation and the keynote, you will enjoy John’s engaging and witty presentation. It will be a delightful way to share collegially with the purpose of improving higher education.

About John Tagg

John Tagg

John Tagg

John Tagg is Professor of English at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. He is coauthor, with Robert B. Barr, of “From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education” (Change, 1995), which quickly became the most cited piece in Change’s history due to the article’s lucid evaluation of teaching and learning in higher education and its paradigmatic yet specific recommendations for helping the academy become more successful in creating student learning. For the past several years he has conducted workshops and made presentations at many colleges and universities on organizational transformation and the Learning Paradigm. He is also the author of The Learning Paradigm College (Anker, 2003). John’s contact information can be found on his website.

Read the influential article from Changes Magazine:

A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education by Robert B. Barr and John Tagg

The Learning Paradigm College (Anker, 2003) by John TaggThe Learning Paradigm College (Anker, 2003) by John Tagg, with Forward by Peter T. Ewell.
Buy on or checkout from the TCU Library (TCU Library call number: LB2331 .T24 2003)

The Learning Paradigm College is also available in the TCU Library for TCU Faculty. TCU Library call number: LB2331 .T24 2003




Travel & Accommodations

University Information

Located just minutes away from downtown Fort Worth, Texas Christian University delivers a world-class, values-centered university experience, consistently ranking in the top 5 percent of the 3,500 universities and colleges in the nation.

About Fort Worth

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Hotel Accomodations

There are a number of hotels within close proximity to TCU campus and downtown Fort Worth. Review the hotels list on the Admissions website.


Conversations with John Tagg is being offered on two separate dates: Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. On each day, the event will be split into two components: Small Group Session and a Keynote Speech/Meal. You may choose to attend either the Small Groups Session or the Keynote Speech/Meal, or both. However, you must register for each session to be included.

Please note that there are two types of registration for the Conversations with John Tagg event: TCU Faculty/Staff Registration and Non-TCU Registration.

Registration for Conversations with John Tagg is **free** to all TCU faculty and staff. Registration for Non-TCU individuals will incur a fee. See below for more details.

TCU Faculty/Staff Registration
Registration is Closed for this Event

Non-TCU Registration

Registration Fees:

  • $25 – Small Group Session Only
  • $50 – Keynote Speech/Meal Only
  • $75 – Small Group Session and Keynote Speech/Meal

Registration is Closed for this Event