Presentations

    The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at International Computing Education Research Conference (Providence, RI), Monday, August 8, 2011:
    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.
    Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior, at aller Hacia La Sociedad del Conocimiento Transformando la Educación Superior (Santo Domingo,, República Dominicana), Thursday, September 15, 2011:
    Al abrir las puertas de cualquier sala de clases en cualquier parte del mundo, podrá observar un modelo casi universal de evaluación del aprendizaje del es- tudiante. Los profesores están ubicados al frente del salón de clases, enseñan contenido, los estudiantes (eso esperamos) intentan aprender el contenido y los profesores lo evalúan a través de métodos tradicionales, tales como exámenes de opciones múltiples, exámenes cortos o tareas de investigación. La mayoría de es- tos métodos convencionales de evaluación son de una sola dimensión y no están alineados con metas amplias... Read more about Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior
    Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior, at aller Hacia La Sociedad del Conocimiento Transformando la Educación Superior (Santo Domingo,, República Dominicana), Friday, September 16, 2011:
    Al abrir las puertas de cualquier sala de clases en cualquier parte del mundo, podrá observar un modelo casi universal de evaluación del aprendizaje del es- tudiante. Los profesores están ubicados al frente del salón de clases, enseñan contenido, los estudiantes (eso esperamos) intentan aprender el contenido y los profesores lo evalúan a través de métodos tradicionales, tales como exámenes de opciones múltiples, exámenes cortos o tareas de investigación. La mayoría de es- tos métodos convencionales de evaluación son de una sola dimensión y no están alineados con metas amplias... Read more about Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior
    Panel on innovative syllabi, at The University in the 21st Century: From Teaching to Learning in Costa Rica, Initiative for the Development of Academic Innovation, LASPAU, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, October 18, 2011:
    Syllabi are the maps for learning in higher education; they flag major learning destinations and landmarks for students as they navigate the terrains of a course. The syllabus also represents the "logic" or "theory" of a course: If instructors and students use it as a map, engaging seriously in the content and activities laid out, then both should arrive safely at their learning destinations. Innovative syllabi signal instructors' expectations for student learning (learning goals) and link those expectations directly to authentic evaluation tasks and... Read more about Panel on innovative syllabi
    Rethinking student learning assessment in higher education, at The University in the 21st Century: From Teaching to Learning in Costa Rica, Initiative for the Development of Academic Innovation, LASPAU, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Friday, October 21, 2011:
    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 Rethinking student learning assessment in higher education
    From Student Readiness to Succeed to Student Success in College, at Program for Innovative Teaching in Chilean Higher Education a, LASPAU-Affliated with Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Friday, November 4, 2011:
    Improving student success is one of the most pressing issues in higher education across the world. Too often, despite succeed in secondary classrooms, students are entering college underprepared to engage in the rigors of undergraduate study, which results in a number of consequences for institutions. High drop out, failure, and withdrawal rates limit students’ abilities to take full advantage of their college experience and reach their highest potential. Failing to intervene in the success problem has substantial cost implications for institutions, instructors, and societies within which... Read more about From Student Readiness to Succeed to Student Success in College
    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?
    Analyzing Educational Research using Vee Diagrams, at The College Student (Guest Lecturer), University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Monday, January 30, 2012:
    In this lecture, we will discuss Vee Diagrams, a tool developed by Gowin in the 1970s to help biology students transfer knowledge from laboratory settings to larger contexts. Novak and Gowin (1984) descirbe the Vee as a heuristic to help students construct and make meaning of knowledge. I will introduce the key categories composing Vee Diagrams using examples from higher education practice. We will then collaboratively analyze a published educational research article using the Vee framework. After participating in this lecture, students will be able to use the Vee Diagram to analyze... Read more about Analyzing Educational Research using Vee Diagrams
    Researching Student and Faculty College Readiness Views—A Holistic Approach, at National Association of Developmental Education (Orlando, FL), Thursday, February 23, 2012:
    This session shares current research on college readiness, with supporting quantitative data from a national assessment on first-year expectations (Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)) and qualitative data from a UT-Austin survey of faculty and student perceptions of college readiness. Data will be used to strengthen the argument for a broader definition of college readiness to include cognitive strategies beyond content knowledge. Presenters will share data that outline first-year student college expectations and attitudes of their level of college preparedness. This data shows... Read more about Researching Student and Faculty College Readiness Views—A Holistic Approach
    The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at Chicago Symposium Series on Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Friday, March 23, 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.
    Institutional strategies for improving student retention in Latin American higher education, at Institute for Innovation in Brazilian and Ecuadorian Higher Education, LASPAU-Affiliated with Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, March 27, 2012:
    Improving student success is one of the most pressing issues in higher education across the world. Too often, despite succeed in secondary classrooms, students are entering college underprepared to engage in the rigors of undergraduate study, which results in a number of consequences for institutions. High drop out, failure, and withdrawal rates limit students’ abilities to take full advantage of their college experience and reach their highest potential. Failing to intervene in the success problem has substantial cost implications for institutions, instructors, and societies within which... Read more about Institutional strategies for improving student retention in Latin American higher education
    The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) (Johor Bahru, Malaysia), Friday, March 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.
    Unlocking the secrets to student success: Real strategies for your classroom, at Innovative teaching for deeper learning institute, LASPAU-Affiliated with Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Wednesday, April 11, 2012:
    Improving student success is one of the most pressing issues in higher education across the world. Too often, despite succeeding in secondary classrooms, students are entering college underprepared to engage in the rigors of undergraduate study, which results in a number of consequences for institutions. High drop out, failure, and withdrawal rates limit students’ abilities to take full advantage of their college experience and reach their highest potential. Failing to intervene in the success problem has substantial cost implications for institutions, instructors, and societies within... Read more about Unlocking the secrets to student success: Real strategies for your classroom
    Knowing as the Stage for Doing: Developing Professors’ Pedagogical Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, and Dissemination During Cross-­‐national Faculty Development Programs, at American Education Research Association Annual Meeting (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Saturday, April 14, 2012:
    This poster will present the findings of a case study research project designed around an innovative approach to faculty development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project trained over 75 professors from research universities in Chile,Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. The program currently measures four dimensions of pedagogical change: knowledge, attitudes, practice and dissemination. We will solicit feedback on our faculty development and program assessment model so that we may further improve our ability to potentiate pedagogical change in Latin American higher education and... Read more about Knowing as the Stage for Doing: Developing Professors’ Pedagogical Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, and Dissemination During Cross-­‐national Faculty Development Programs
     Liderando la Innovación en la Educación Superior en la República Dominicana: The Cycle of Innovation in The Dominican Republic, at Encuentro para la mejora e innovación en la enseñanza en República Dominicana (Santo Domingo, República Dominicana), Tuesday, April 17, 2012:
    In this workshop, we demonstrate the cycle of innovation for teaching and learning improvement in Dominican higher education, resulting from a year-long initiative sponsored by Ministerio de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología (MESCYT) y la Fundación INICIA.
    The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at LASPAU Program on Curricular Innovation, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, May 1, 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.
    Unlocking the secrets to student success: Real strategies for your classroom, at Second Program on Innovative Teaching and Learning: Chile, LASPAU-Affiliated with Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Friday, May 4, 2012:
    Improving student success is one of the most pressing issues in higher education across the world. Too often, despite succeeding in secondary classrooms, students are entering college underprepared to engage in the rigors of undergraduate study, which results in a number of consequences for institutions. High drop out, failure, and withdrawal rates limit students’ abilities to take full advantage of their college experience and reach their highest potential. Failing to intervene in the success problem has substantial cost implications for institutions, instructors, and societies within... Read more about Unlocking the secrets to student success: Real strategies for your classroom

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