Social Learning in Times of Social Isolation Tuesday, September 8, 2020:

    Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. This is true not only in the physical classroom, but even more so now that education has moved online. I will demonstrate how to move information transfer and sense making online and make it interactive, promoting social interactions between students. I will also discuss how to promote intrinsic motivation to learn by implementing project- and team-based learning in the classroom.

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    Active learning and Perusall: Sharing Practices for Successful Learning Engagement, at Congreso Internacional de Lingüística Computacional y de Corpus, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (virtual), Thursday, October 22, 2020:
    It has been suggested the lack of interaction in large lecture courses is to blame for the many problems facing these courses: declining enrollments, low attendance, poor evaluations, and disappointing retention. We offer a way of redesigning the classroom so interaction is introduced in many aspects of the course. This approach has shown to be effective by many instructors in a broad variety of environments. I will demonstrate some of the tools we have developed to foster this interaction.
    Designing effective questions for Peer Instruction and formative assessment, at Faculty Development Workshop, Touro College, New York, NY, Friday, April 23, 2021:
    The basic goals of Peer Instruction are to encourage and make use of student interaction during classes, while focusing students' attention on underlying concepts and techniques. The method centers around asking interactive questions, called ConcepTests, that help students build understanding. In this workshop, participants will learn how to design good ConcepTests.