Engaging students one-on-one, all at once; Session 1

Presentation Date: 

Monday, August 8, 2011


LASPAU/IDIA Short Online Course for Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile) (Cambridge, MA)

Presentation Slides: 

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 short- course consists of two 2-hour long online sessions, a number of online assignments, and follow-up activities on participants’ use of PI and JiTT in their course modules.


After completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • characterize key components of PI and JiTT,
  • apply PI and JiTT in your chosen course module, customizing each to fit within your own pedagogical approach, and
  • identify available resources for helping you implement PI and JiTT.

This 2-hour live online session will:

  • present a plan for implementing PI and JiTT, • try out a ConcepTest question,
  • discuss challenges encountered in the implementation of these methods,
  • address the questions submitted on the enrollment form, and
  • discuss the design of effective ConcepTests.