Peer Instruction: A Brains-on Workshop
workshop led by Julie Schell at Taking Active Learning to the Next level: Real solutions for your classroom at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 3 April 2012
Abstract: How can I help my students learn in ways that pique their interest and enrich their subject matter understanding? We will explore this perennial question by considering an innovative, research-based teaching method called Peer Instruction (PI). Originally developed by Dr. Eric Mazur to address major gaps in students' conceptual knowledge of physics at Harvard University, this interactive pedagogical method is now widely used by thousands of instructors across the world. PI leverages the power of social learning and the latest advances in instructional technology to confront students' misconceptions and activate their minds while providing instant feedback to faculty. Attendees will participate in live demonstrations of Peer Instruction and test out clickers.