Presentations

    Taller sobre la Instrucción entre Pares, at aller Hacia La Sociedad del Conocimiento, Transformando la Educación Superior en la Republica Dominicana, Club Aduanas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Thursday, September 15, 2011:
    El propósito esencial de la Instrucción entre Pares es promover y utilizar la interacción de los estudiantes durante la clase, a la vez que se centra la atención de los estudiantes en conceptos y técnicas fundamentales. El método ha sido evaluado en muchos estudios utilizando pruebas diagnósticas estandarizadas las cuales muestran que es considerablemente más efectivo que el método tradicional de enseñanza de dictar clases. La Instrucción entre Pares es actualmente utilizado en un amplio rango de cursos de ciencias y matemáticas a nivel universitario y de educación secundaria. En... Read more about Taller sobre la Instrucción entre Pares
    Taller sobre la Instrucción entre Pares, at aller Hacia La Sociedad del Conocimiento, Transformando la Educación Superior en la Republica Dominicana, Club Aduanas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Friday, September 16, 2011:
    El propósito esencial de la Instrucción entre Pares es promover y utilizar la interacción de los estudiantes durante la clase, a la vez que se centra la atención de los estudiantes en conceptos y técnicas fundamentales. El método ha sido evaluado en muchos estudios utilizando pruebas diagnósticas estandarizadas las cuales muestran que es considerablemente más efectivo que el método tradicional de enseñanza de dictar clases. La Instrucción entre Pares es actualmente utilizado en un amplio rango de cursos de ciencias y matemáticas a nivel universitario y de educación secundaria. En... Read more about Taller sobre la Instrucción entre Pares
    Peer Instruction Workshop, at ICTLHE 2011 (Malacca, Malaysia), Wednesday, November 23, 2011:
    Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what is mostly done in large introductory courses -- instructors present material (even though this material might be readily available in printed form) and for students the main purpose of lectures is to take down as many notes as they can. Few students have the ability, motivation, and discipline to synthesize all the information delivered to them. Yet synthesis is perhaps the most important -- and most elusive -- aspect of education. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to synthesizing... Read more about Peer Instruction Workshop
    Engaging students one-on-one, all at once; Session 1, at LASPAU/IDIA Short Online Course for the Universidad de los Andes (Chile) (Cambridge, MA), Thursday, January 5, 2012:
    This short-course introduces participants to the ideas of Peer Instruction (PI) and Just- in-Time-Teaching (JiTT), two research-based methods for engaging students, improving conceptual understanding, increasing retention in courses and programs, and enhancing academic performance. Participants will also learn about a new approach to instructional design. Finally, participants will apply the knowledge gained to a specific course module they are (or will be) teaching, by re-designing (or designing) the syllabus for this course module and developing a plan for implementing PI and JiTT. The... Read more about Engaging students one-on-one, all at once; Session 1
    Engaging students one-on-one, all at once; Session 2, at LASPAU/IDIA Short Online Course for the Universidad de los Andes (Chile) (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, January 17, 2012:
    Continuation of online workshop.

    This second 2-hour live online session will:

    • address the questions that have been submitted in the assignment form,
    • provide pointers on how to develop PI and JiTT questions,
    • discuss strategies for assessment, and
    • provide an opportunity to share ideas for learning goals and module improvements.
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    An introduction to femtosecond laser techniques: Part 1, at XIII Escola de Verão Jorge André Swieca de Ótica Quântica e Ótica Não Linear, Instituto de Física de São Carlos (São Carlos, SP, Brazil), Monday, January 23, 2012:
    This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of the measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.
    An introduction to femtosecond laser techniques: Part 2, at XIII Escola de Verão Jorge André Swieca de Ótica Quântica e Ótica Não Linear, Instituto de Física de São Carlos (São Carlos, SP, Brazil), Tuesday, January 24, 2012:
    This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of the measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.
    Peer Instruction Workshop, at University of the District of Columbia Community College (Washington, DC), Thursday, February 9, 2012:
    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 2-3 hour long workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is... Read more about Peer Instruction Workshop
    Peer Instruction Workshop, at University of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC), Friday, February 10, 2012:
    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 2-3 hour long workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is... Read more about Peer Instruction Workshop
    Taller de Instrucción entre Pares, at Seminario de Innovación Pedagógica, Allianza Francesa (Montevideo, Uruguay), Monday, February 13, 2012:
    Los objetivos fundamentales de la “Instrucción entre Pares” consisten en promover la interacción de los estudiantes durante la exposición del profesor, junto con centrar la atención de estos en las técnicas y conceptos de fondo. El método ha sido evaluado a través de diversos estudios, demostrando ser considerablemente más efectivo que la metodología expositiva tradicional. La “Instrucción entre pares” es utilizada hoy en un amplio rango de disciplinas. En este taller, los participantes asistirán a la aplicación de esta metodología y discutirán sobre las diversas formas... Read more about Taller de Instrucción entre Pares
    Turning lectures into learning, at Turning Technologies Learning Forum, Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH), Friday, March 16, 2012:
    Almost 20 years ago, Harvard physicist Eric Mazur had an “aha” moment about his teaching practice that forced him to rethink the traditional unidirectional teaching model. He described his early approach to courses as “not how you teach it, but what you cover. [Then] I realized education was not merely a transfer of information. It was about how well students could assimilate information and transfer it to their own experience.” So Dr. Mazur radically changed his approach. He developed a strategy that incorporates “just-in-time” teaching with short lectures punctuated by... Read more about Turning lectures into learning
    Peer Instruction, at Health Workforce Initiative Conference (Ontario, CA), Monday, April 2, 2012:
    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 day-long workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is... Read more about Peer Instruction
    Engaging students one-on-one, all at once, at Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA), Thursday, April 12, 2012:
    This workshop introduces participants to the ideas of Peer Instruction (PI) and Just- in-Time-Teaching (JiTT), two research-based methods for engaging students, improving conceptual understanding, increasing retention in courses and programs, and enhancing academic performance. Participants will also learn about a new approach to instructional design. Finally, participants will apply the knowledge gained to a specific course module they are (or will be) teaching, by re-designing (or designing) the syllabus for this course module and developing a plan for implementing PI and JiTT.
    Peer Instruction, at University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI), Friday, April 13, 2012:
    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 2-hour long workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is... Read more about Peer Instruction
    Peer Instruction, at University of Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands), Wednesday, May 9, 2012:
    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 2-3 hour long workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is... Read more about Peer Instruction
    Confessions of a converted lecturer, at University of Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands), Wednesday, May 9, 2012:
    I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail! I will show how I have adjusted my approach to teaching and how it has improved my students' performance significantly
    The scientific approach to teaching (Using Data to Debunk Teaching Myths), at Supporting Active Learning & Technology in Science Education Workshop, Dawson College (Montreal, QC, Canada), Wednesday, May 23, 2012:
    This is a unique opportunity to hear Professor Mazur talk about the use of data to make decisions about our classroom practices. Dr Mazur will show how the same scientific approach used in laboratories can be used to inform teaching pedagogies in our classrooms. Consistent with his active learning message, the exact content of the workshop is, well... up to YOU!

    Register and fill the survey. Dr Mazur will design his active learning workshop around YOUR questions and concerns about active learning and will show that...

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    Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century, at University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa), Tuesday, May 29, 2012:
    Can we teach innovation? Innovation requires whole-brain thinking — left-brain thinking for creativity and imagination, and right-brain thinking for planning and execution. Our current approach to education in science and technology, focuses on the transfer of information, developing mostly right-brain thinking by stressing copying and reproducing existing ideas rather than generating new ones. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to team work and creative thinking greatly improves the learning that takes place in the classroom and promotes independent... Read more about Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century
    The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at EDUVATE Forum, University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa), Wednesday, May 30, 2012
    Discussions of teaching -- even some publications -- abound with anecdotal evidence. Our intuition often supplants a systematic, scientific approach to finding out what works and what doesn't work. Yet, research is increasingly demonstrating that our gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. In this talk I will discuss some research my group has done on gender issues in science courses and on the effectiveness of classroom demonstrations.
    Peer Instruction, at EDUVATE Forum, University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa), Wednesday, May 30, 2012:
    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 2-3 hour long workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is... Read more about Peer Instruction

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