21st Century Education

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Our Approach

Our Story

Teaching today’s students is a challenging and rewarding task that requires new approaches, ways of thinking, and pedagogies that we may not have experienced as students.  If teaching success is measured by student learning, then as educators we need to focus on learning and the learner. Eii-Consulting helps your institution, department, and faculty build upon your unique strengths to meet today’s educational challenges and improve student learning and achievements. By customizing educational approaches with technological support, Eii-Consulting personalizes strategies, and learning environments for the unique culture, challenges, and needs of each client.


Eii-Consulting works with institutions, departments, and individuals to improve student learning, faculty development, assessment, and new approaches to pedagogies by seeing each institution as a unique situation with its own culture, challenges, and needs.

Spencer Benson, Ph. D.

Founder & Director

Prof. Benson received his B.A. in Zoology from the University of Vermont and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Chicago. He has been a leader in the areas of faculty development, learning enhancement, and curriculum assessment and reforms for more than 20 years.

He is a Carnegie Fellow for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (2001-2002) and the 2002 US-CASE-Carnegie Maryland Professor of the Year. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the 2011 American Society for Microbiology’s Carski Teaching Award, the University of Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award, and the College of Life Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.  Prof. Benson is the past chair of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Education Committee and past chair of the ASM’s International Education Committee.  He spent 2008-2009 as a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong working on GE [General Education] and Hong Kong’s 3-3-4 educational reform. In addition to his higher education work in Hong Kong and Macau, he has worked with universities throughout Asia; in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, and S. Korea.

His expertise and research interests include; faculty development, outcomes-based education (OBE), innovated pedagogies, teaching evaluation, STEM pedagogies for all students, assessment, accreditation, secondary science education, and the use of technologies for learner-centered 21st-century education.  Prof. Benson has organized local, national, and international meetings on STEM education, E-learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Whole Person Education, and faculty development.

He has published more than 50 articles on teaching and learning and has given talks and workshops on teaching and learning in more than a dozen countries around the world.  In addition to his leadership work in the US, Macau, and Hong Kong, he was taught both face-to-face and web-based courses at institutions in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, and China.