Presentations

    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
    Peer instruction: discussion and brains-on demo, at Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop (Greenbelt, MD), Monday, June 27, 2011:
    The basic goals of Peer Instruction are to encourage and make use of student interaction during lectures, while focusing students' attention on underlying concepts and techniques. The method has been assessed in many studies using standardized, diagnostic tests and shown to be considerably more effective than the conventional lecture approach to teaching. Peer Instruction is now used in a wide range of science and math courses at the college and secondary level. In this workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is demonstrated,... Read more about Peer instruction: discussion and brains-on demo
    Peer Instruction: A Brains on Workshop, at WHA Fulbright Junior Visiting Faculty Development Institute, University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX), Tuesday, January 31, 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 in classrooms at hundreds of institutions across the world. PI leverages the power of social learning and the latest advances in instructional technology to confront... Read more about Peer Instruction: A Brains on Workshop
    To really teach something, stop lecturing and give a test! Rethinking student learning evaluation in higher education, at Innovative Teaching for Deep Learning - Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, LASPAU-Affiliated with Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA), Wednesday, April 11, 2012:
    Open the doors to any classroom across the globe and you will observe an almost universal model for the evaluation of student learning. Instructors stand at the front of a lecture hall, teach content, students (at least we hope) attempt to learn that content, and then instructors evaluate that content learning through traditional assessments such as multiple-choice exams, quizzes, or research papers. Most of these conventional approaches to evaluation are one-dimensional and not aligned with overarching learning goals that relate to competencies students actually need to progress successfully... Read more about To really teach something, stop lecturing and give a test! Rethinking student learning evaluation in higher education
    Peer Instruction: Real strategies for your classroom, at Dr. Edwin Hodge, Jr. Institute for Teaching and Learning, Thiel College (Greenville, PA), Thursday, May 17, 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 instructional technology to confront students'... Read more about Peer Instruction: Real strategies for your classroom
    Turning Up Learning in Brazil, at Turning Technology User Conference: Aarhus, Denmark, Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark), Tuesday, June 19, 2012:
    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 Peer Instruction is the ConcepTest, a short interactive question that helps uncover student misconceptions. “Turn to your neighbor” is the classic catch-phrase of PI methodology, whereby teachers encourage students to think about a question, vote on their answer, and then turn to their neighbor to engage, rather than sitting passively in a lecture. In this presentation, we examine two big, open questions frequently posed by... Read more about Turning Up Learning in Brazil
    Flipping the STEM Classroom using Peer Instruction, at STEM Institute for Faculty Professional Development Fall Conference, Union County College (Elizabeth, NJ), Saturday, October 20, 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 the STEM Classroom using Peer Instruction
    Flipping your classroom with Peer Instruction, at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Monday, November 5, 2012
    This workshop will introduce on one popular flipped-class method called Peer Instruction, developed by Eric Mazur at Harvard University in the 1990s. The workshop will include a live demo of Peer Instruction and a new classroom response system developed in the Mazur Group at Harvard University that addresses the limitations of clickers.
    Flipping the STEM classroom: How to turn your students' worlds upside down, at Frontiers of Engineering Education Educational Innovation Seminar Series, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA), Wednesday, November 7, 2012
    Instructors all over the globe are turning their students' worlds upside down by flipping their classrooms. In a flipped class, teachers typically move information coverage out of the lecture hall so that they can better leverage in-class time to address student misconceptions. In this workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce the flipped classroom technique, review its history, and present some practical strategies teachers can use to design learning environments that facilitate student engagement with STEM subject-matter both in and outside of class. Attendees will experience live... Read more about Flipping the STEM classroom: How to turn your students' worlds upside down
    Turning To Your Neighbor with Peer Instruction, at Turning Technologies Miami User Conference (Miami, FL), Monday, November 12, 2012:
    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 Peer Instruction is the ConcepTest, a short interactive question that helps uncover student misconceptions. “Turn to your neighbor” is the classic catch-phrase of PI methodology, whereby teachers encourage students to think about a question, vote on their answer, and then turn to their neighbor to engage, rather than sitting passively in a lecture. In this presentation, we examine two big, open questions frequently posed by... Read more about Turning To Your Neighbor with Peer Instruction
    Peer Instruction Network, at Physics Education Research Mini Conference, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Friday, November 16, 2012:
    Teaching within an academic research career is often cast as a private enterprise, representing a silo among professors’ more communal work within research groups and service activities. Just like new frontiers in science research, innovation in science education rarely happens in isolation, more often it occurs through joint ventures. In this presentation, we introduce Peer Instruction Network, a new social network developed at Harvard University to connect educators worldwide in their efforts to shape the terrains of how and what people learn in the 21st century. The presentation will... Read more about Peer Instruction Network
    Catalyzing Learner Engagement Using Cutting-Edge Classroom Response Systems in Higher Education, at 2013 International HETL Conference, University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL), Tuesday, January 15, 2013:
    In this presentation, we introduce a cutting-edge technology for enacting and measuring learner engagement in novel ways. We will open by problematizing traditional approaches to learner engagement and offer a research-based solution in a new classroom response system developed at Harvard University—Learning Catalytics. The presentation will include an overview of key cognitive science principles tied to research on how students learn best. We will link those principles with the functionality of Learning Catalytics to connect learning theory to teaching practice. We will then provide an... Read more about Catalyzing Learner Engagement Using Cutting-Edge Classroom Response Systems in Higher Education
    Leveraging Technology to Enhance Evidence-Based Pedagogy: A Case Study of Peer Instruction in Norway, at Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), Friday, March 22, 2013:
    Peer Instruction (PI) is an evidence-based, interactive teaching method developed by Eric Mazur at Harvard University in the 1990s. PI has been adopted across the disciplines, in every institutional type, and in classrooms throughout the world. A global community of innovative educators, the Peer Instruction Network connects users worldwide and provides opportunities for sharing and learning about PI. While PI can be implemented using basic classroom tools, it is enhanced when paired with educational technologies. In this presentation, PI expert and Peer Instruction Network co-founder, Dr.... Read more about Leveraging Technology to Enhance Evidence-Based Pedagogy: A Case Study of Peer Instruction in Norway
    Peer Instruction 2.0: Beyond a 90's pedagogy, at CSM Faculty Development Workshops, Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ), Friday, April 12, 2013
    Peer Instruction (PI) is a research-based, interactive teaching method that helps instructors engagestudents in and out of class. The centerpiece of Peer Instruction is the ConcepTest, a short conceptual question that helps elicit, uncover and resolve student misconceptions. “Turn to your neighbor” is the classic catch phrase of PI methodology, whereby after a brief mini-lecture in class, teachers encourage students to think about a question, vote on their answer, and then turn to their neighbor to engage, rather than sit passively in a lecture. In this presentation, we examine three big... Read more about Peer Instruction 2.0: Beyond a 90's pedagogy
    Flipping the Classroom 201, at ATL Summer Teaching Institute, NC AT & T State University (Greensboro, NC), Monday, May 13, 2013:
    Simply putting lectures online is one way to flip a class, but it is not the best way. In this workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce two research-based strategies teachers can use to design learning environments that boost student engagement with subject-matter both in and outside of class. Attendees will experience live demonstrations of one flipped class technique called Peer Instruction, developed at Harvard University and backed by 20 years of research, that can be used in any discipline and with any class size.
    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?
    Flipping Your Classroom With Peer Instruction: How To Turn Your Students' Worlds Right Side Up, at FlipCon13 (Stillwater, MN), Tuesday, June 18, 2013:
    Instructors all over the globe are turning their students' worlds right side up by flipping their classrooms. In a flipped class, teachers typically move information coverage out of formal class meetings so that they can better leverage in-class time to address student difficulties or misconceptions. Flipped learning is much more than watching videos and doing homework in class. In this session, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce one research-based flipped method called Peer Instruction. A primary goal of Peer Instruction is to radically transform students’ in-class experiences. Originally... Read more about Flipping Your Classroom With Peer Instruction: How To Turn Your Students' Worlds Right Side Up
    More than Video: Using Innovative Pedagogies to Flip your Classroom, at Weill Cornell Medical College (New York, NY), Thursday, February 20, 2014:
    Contrary to popular belief, flipped learning is much more than watching videos and doing "homework" in class. In this hands-on session, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce two research-based flipped methods called Just-in-Time Teaching and Peer Instruction. A primary goal of Peer Instruction is to radically transform students’ in-class experiences. Originally developed for use in college physics at Harvard University, thousands of teachers currently use Peer Instruction in many disciplines with many different age groups, all over the world. Participants of this session will learn three teaching... Read more about More than Video: Using Innovative Pedagogies to Flip your Classroom

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