Presentations

    How to help people learn, at Advancing Improvement in Education Conference (Austin, TX), Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    Advances in cognitive science have changed what we know about how people learn, but pedagogical approaches have not adapted to use this knowledge to help our students learn better. In this workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will demo three simple tips educators can use to catalyze learning in any educational context.
    Flipped Classrooms 101 - An Introduction to Flipped Learning, at Texas A&M University, School of Medicine (Round Rock, TX), Wednesday, October 16, 2013:
    Instructors all over the globe are turning their students' worlds around by flipping their classrooms. In a flipped class, teachers move information coverage out of the lecture hall so that they can better leverage in-class time to address student difficulties and misconceptions. In this interactive session, Dr. Julie Schell will flip the workshop by providing brief introductory, pre-workshop activities to participants. She will use responses from these activities in the workshop and discuss the why, what, and how of flipped classrooms by confronting and resolving a series common myths about... Read more about Flipped Classrooms 101 - An Introduction to Flipped Learning
    Flipping your classroom for college readiness: Research-Based Strategies for your Classroom, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX, USA), Saturday, November 10, 2012:
    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 cognitive science to confront students' misconceptions... Read more about Flipping your classroom for college readiness: Research-Based Strategies for your Classroom
    Flipping your classroom for college readiness: Research-Based Strategies for your Classroom, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, Hidalgo Independent School District (Hidalgo, TX, USA), Tuesday, August 21, 2012:
    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 cognitive science to confront students' misconceptions... Read more about Flipping your classroom for college readiness: Research-Based Strategies for your Classroom
    Flipping your classroom using college readiness assignments: Research-Based Strategies for your Classroom, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX, USA), Tuesday, June 26, 2012:
    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 cognitive science to confront students' misconceptions... Read more about Flipping your classroom using college readiness assignments: Research-Based Strategies for your Classroom
    How to Help People Learn, at OnRamps Professional Development Summer Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Friday, July 19, 2013:
    Advances in cognitive science have changed what we know about how people learn, but pedagogical approaches have not adapted to use this knowledge to help our students learn better. In this workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will demo three simple tips educators can use to catalyze learning in any educational context.
    How to Transform Learning in STEM…With Teaching, at Techniques for Improving Student Engagement of STEM Students, Union County College (Elizabeth, NJ), Saturday, October 20, 2012:
    "We are doing an incredible job of preparing our students for the 20th century." This quote from Professor Cathy Davidson reflects the problematic nature of an educational system that was structured for schooling in the industrial age and which has not caught up to the realities of the 21st century. Traditional teaching prepares students well for the procedural work of assembly lines and tasks that are now completed much more efficiently and quickly by computers. Today's STEM workforce demands more heuristic models of thinking toward solving pressing social problems that are without easy or... Read more about How to Transform Learning in STEM…With Teaching
    How Trap the Boredom Monster...with a Classroom?, at Association of University Interior Designers, The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Tuesday, October 15, 2013:
    In this interactive session, we consider three questions: What do current classroom spaces feel like to students and teachers? What do current classroom spaces look like? And what can classroom spaces look and feel like. The flipped classroom is offered as gold-standard approach to 21st century learning. Participants will experience live demonstrations of innovative pedagogies that can be used to facilitate the flipped classroom.
    Why improve STEM teaching?, at Fulbright WHA Junior Visiting Faculty Development Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Wednesday, January 25, 2012:
    Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was." This quote from Theodore von Kármán reflects the complexity and challenges scientists and engineers face. In their endeavors to discover and create, as educators they face the critical need to better prepare future scientists and engineers to innovate in our increasingly high-technology society. Schools and universities across the globe are working to attract students to STEM programs and to design learning environments that will help ensure student success. Industry requires knowledge experts who possess... Read more about Why improve STEM teaching?
    Turning To Your Neighbor with Peer Instruction, at Turning Technologies User Conference, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany), Monday, June 3, 2013
    Peer Instruction (PI) is a teaching method that leverages the power of cutting-edge learning technologies, such as clickers, to transform learning. The centerpiece of PI is the ConcepTest, a short interactive question that helps uncover student misconceptions. In this presentation, we will use clickers to examine two big, open questions frequently posed by Peer Instruction and clicker users: Should I ask my students to vote first, before turning to their neighbor to discuss? And, should I show my students the results of clicker polls, before I cue them to turn to their neighbors?