Presentations

    Venturing toward better teaching: Professors' knowledge base for pedagogical improvement in introductory STEM classrooms at major research universities., at The Association for The Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Thursday, November 5, 2009
    Educational reformers often portray the majority of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professors at American research universities as subject-matter experts but pedagogical novices (Baldwin, 2009; Boyer, 1998; Coopala, 2009; Handeslman et al., 2006; Wieman, 2006). Images of STEM professors as lacking knowledge about best teaching practices are especially prevalent in discussions about academic researchers: A wide array of constituents, from students and journalists to scholars of teaching and learning, have long proffered views of academic researchers as so heavily... Read more about Venturing toward better teaching: Professors' knowledge base for pedagogical improvement in introductory STEM classrooms at major research universities.
    The Social Learning Network: Advancing Student Learning in the Social Sciences using Peer Instruction, You Don't Get to Subject-Matter Understanding Without Making a Few Friends First, at Cognition, Brain & Behavior Colloquium, CUNY - Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY, USA), Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    How can I help my students learn in ways that pique their interest and enrich their subject matter understanding? In this Colloquium, we will explore this perennial question by considering an innovative, research-based teaching method called Peer Instruction (PI). Originally developed by Eric Mazur to address major gaps in students' conceptual knowledge of physics at Harvard University, this interactive pedagogical method is now widely used in classrooms at hundreds of institutions across the world. PI leverages the power of social learning and the latest advances in instructional technology... Read more about The Social Learning Network: Advancing Student Learning in the Social Sciences using Peer Instruction, You Don't Get to Subject-Matter Understanding Without Making a Few Friends First