Presentations

    Peer Instruction, at Universidad Diego Portales (Santiago, Chile), Thursday, January 13, 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
    Promoting active learning through peer-based instruction, at Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Conference, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Wednesday, January 19, 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 Promoting active learning through peer-based instruction
    ConcepTest design workshop, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology visit, Harvard University (MA), Friday, February 11, 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 ConcepTest design workshop
    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
    Engaging students one-on-one, all at once; Session 2, at LASPAU/IDIA Short Online Course for Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile) (Cambridge, MA), Monday, August 22, 2011:
    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.
    Read more about Engaging students one-on-one, all at once; Session 2
    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 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.
    Read more about Engaging students one-on-one, all at once; Session 2
    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
    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
    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
    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: 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
    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
    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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