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Saturday Seminar – September 14, 2019.

Saturday Seminar: September 14

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm


Presentation 1:                                           



  Topic:  Learn to Ride a Motorcycle:  Become a Better Car Driver!


Your Presenter: Dr. Ray Ochs


Vice President of Training Systems for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)     


Session Summary

The session will highlight the developmental steps and include participation in several learner-centered activities with an emphasis on the core course, the Basic RiderCourse that serves as a license waiver program for new riders and discuss learning transfer to other areas, such as car driving.

We will provide a look at the development of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) rider education and training system, which consists of courses and programs aimed toward motorcyclist safety.  Founded in 1973, MSF has nearly 10,000 certified RiderCoaches, more than 200 RiderCoach Trainers, and almost 2,000 training sites in the United States and abroad that train nearly 400,000 riders annually.

MSF originally developed a 2-course system: A beginner’s course and an advanced rider course.  In 2001, the program was expanded to include multiple lifelong learning opportunities that include more than 40 research-based offerings that incorporate safety, adult learning and motor skill principles. The session will highlight the developmental steps and include participation in several learner-centered activities with an emphasis on the core course, the Basic RiderCourse that serves as a license waiver program for new riders.

Dr. Ray Ochs Bio:

Dr. Ray Ochs is vice president of Training Systems for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), with more than 45 years of experience in safety education and training programs.  He began his career teaching high school safety and health education courses and has been on the faculty of three different universities where he was focused on teacher certification programs. He received a doctorate in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in adult education, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He retired Professor Emeritus from Eastern Kentucky University after 31 years of service where he served as the director of the Traffic Safety Institute and has been with MSF since 2002.

Presentation 2:



Topic:  Learner-Centered Instruction in Communities of Practice


Your Presenter:  Dr. Kristen Adair Lewis


Instructional System Specialist for Air Force Faculty Development


Session Summary

"The goal of the learner-centered teacher is to maximize the learning potential inherently a part of any experience where students produce a product, perform a skill, or demonstrate their knowledge" -  Maryellen Weimer (2013)


Student-centered instruction represents a profound shift in paradigm from a focus on the needs of the instructor to a focus on the needs of individual students.  Abundant research shows that when students take responsibility for their own learning, the products they produce, skills they perform and knowledge they demonstrate are the significantly higher quantity and quality than they are when the instructor holds responsibility for student learning.

This paradigm shift represents primarily a change in the relationships between and among instructors and students.  Instructors become facilitators, while students choose and embrace their own learning goals.  Instructors control the learning environment and curriculum content.  Students control their attitude and disposition toward learning and demonstration of content and skill mastery.  Communities of practice offer a vehicle and venue for navigating the relationship change called for in student-centered instruction.

Dr. Kristen Adair Lewis Bio:

Dr. Kristen Adair Lewis’ career has spanned many aspects of learning and education.  A Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning Science.  A retired Math and Science teacher who has taught for twenty years in public and private school education. The Training Development Element Chief, Faculty Development. And Instructional System Specialist for Air Force Faculty Development.  Her experience has led her to understand the importance and role of instructors for unleashing the potential of learners.

Dr, Lewis recommends that participants complete the learning styles inventory from this link: https://www.webtools.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ to make your learning journey more useful.

Event Location

Antioch University
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City , CA 90230

Event Fees:

ATD LA/OC Member Reduced Rate $ 25.00

Non-Member Rate $ 35.00

ISPI-LA Member (Be sure to register) FREE

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