Presentations

    Nonlinear Nanophotonics, at 12th International Conference on Near-field Optics, Nanophotonics and related Techniques (Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain), Sunday, September 2, 2012:
    We discuss the propagation of laser pulses in materials, the basics of nonlinear optical interactions, wave guiding and propagation of modes, fabrication of nanophotonic devices and the use of nonlinear optics at the nanoscale to fabricate optical logic gates.
    Peer Instruction, at Turning Technologies Learning Forum, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), Friday, September 28, 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
    Rethinking Student Learning Evaluation in Higher Education, at Program on Innovative Teaching: Chile, LASPAU-Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, October 2, 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 Rethinking Student Learning Evaluation in Higher Education
    Flipping your syllabus from teacher to student centeredness, at Program on Innovative Teaching: Chile, LASPAU-Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    The syllabus is the blueprint for learning in higher education; it narrates the story of the larger learning experiences instructors and students should expect to encounter as they navigate the terrains of a course. It also represents the "logic" or "theory" of a course: If instructors and students use the syllabus as a guide, engage seriously in the content and activities laid out, then learning experiences should occur. Innovative syllabi bring together and make clear instructors' expectations for student learning (Learning Goals), the evidence and performance tasks (Evaluation Plans)... Read more about Flipping your syllabus from teacher to student centeredness
    Catalyzing Learning Using Peer Instruction and Learning Catalytics, at Université de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland), Friday, October 19, 2012:
    Most -- if not all -- of the important skills in our lives are acquired outside the traditional classroom setting. Yet we continue to teach using lectures where students passively take down information. Peer instruction is a research-based pedagogy that actively engages students in the classroom and has been shown to dramatically improve conceptual understanding, even in large classes. While successfully implementing peer instruction doesn't require any technology, using the right technology can improve student engagement, increase learning, and make it easier to implement peer instruction in... Read more about Catalyzing Learning Using Peer Instruction and Learning Catalytics
    Peer Instruction: workshop & discussion, at Strategies for Innovation and Engineering Education in Brazil, Harvard Universtiy (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, October 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: workshop & discussion
    Flipping the Classroom: How to turn your students' worlds upside down, at Academic Technology Group Roundtable Series, Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Monday, November 5, 2012:
    In a flipped classroom, instructors typically move information coverage outside the classroom so that that they can better leverage in-class time to address student misunderstandings and misconceptions about subject matter. The most basic and popular iteration of a flipped class is pre-recording lectures, called screencasting, on key concepts for students and putting them online for viewing and engagement before class. In this seminar, Dr. Julie Schell will provide an overview of the history of the flipped classroom and introduce a set of innovative tools that go far beyond screencasting,... Read more about Flipping the Classroom: How to turn your students' worlds upside down
    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
    Anatomy of a College Readiness Assignment, at CRAFT Professional Development Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin,TX), Saturday, November 10, 2012:
    The College Readiness Assignment Field-Test (CRAFT) project is working to disseminate standalone lessons designed by expert educators to prepare students for college-level success. In this presentation will discuss the heart of the CRAFT project: college readiness assignments (CRAs). We will dissect CRAs and demonstrate how the various parts map to state standards.
    Assessment: The Secret to Great Teaching, at Webinar Series on Strategies for Innovation in Engineering Education in Brazil, LASPAU-Affiliated with Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Sunday, December 2, 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 Assessment: The Secret to Great Teaching
    Peer Instruction workshop, at SSAT National Conference: Innovating Learning (Liverpool, UK), Tuesday, December 4, 2012:
    Most -- if not all -- of the important skills in our lives are acquired outside the traditional classroom setting. Yet we continue to teach using lectures where students passively take down information. Peer instruction is a research-based pedagogy that actively engages students in the classroom and has been shown to dramatically improve conceptual understanding, even in large classes. While successfully implementing peer instruction doesn't require any technology, using the right technology can improve student engagement, increase learning, and make it easier to implement peer instruction in... Read more about Peer Instruction workshop
    Peer Instruction, at COPI 2012, Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China), Friday, December 14, 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
    Peer Instruction, at 1st Annual Concordia Teaching and Learning Festival, Concordia University (Montreal, QC), Friday, February 1, 2013:
    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
    Flipping the Math classroom: How to turn your students' worlds right-side up , at New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ), Friday, February 1, 2013:
    Instructors all over the globe are turning their students' worlds around 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 difficulties and misconceptions. In this three hour workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce the basic flipped classroom technique, review its history, and present two practical flipped teaching methods teachers can use to design learning environments that facilitate student engagement with mathematical subject-matter both in and outside... Read more about Flipping the Math classroom: How to turn your students' worlds right-side up 
    Flipping the classroom: How to turn your students' worlds right-side up , at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Tuesday, February 5, 2013:
    Instructors all over the globe are turning their students' worlds around 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 difficulties and misconceptions. In this workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce the flipped classroom technique, review its history, and present two practical strategies teachers can use to design learning environments that facilitate student engagement with subject-matter both in and outside of class. Attendees will experience live... Read more about Flipping the classroom: How to turn your students' worlds right-side up 
    Flipping the STEM classroom: How to turn your students' worlds right-side up , at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Tuesday, February 5, 2013:
    STEM faculty all over the globe are turning their students' worlds around 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 difficulties and misconceptions about STEM subject matter. Some teachers are even flipping laboratories.  In this workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce the flipped classroom technique, review its history, and present two practical strategies teachers can use to design learning environments that facilitate student engagement with... Read more about Flipping the STEM classroom: How to turn your students' worlds right-side up 
    Learning Catalytics Demo, at Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Thursday, February 14, 2013:
    In this presentation we explore using the Learning Catalytics platform to implement Peer Instruction, a pedagogy that encourages students to interact and solve problems during class.
    Peer Instruction, at CTL Symposium, University of North Carolina Charlotte (Charlotte, NC), Friday, February 15, 2013:
    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
    An introduction to the flipped classroom, at Texas Woman's University (Denton, TX), Monday, March 4, 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 workshop, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce the flipped classroom technique, review its history, and confront and resolve big questions and myths about flipped teaching. Participants will observe a demo on how to create lecture videos and get tips on creating their own.

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