Saturday, November 10, 2012
CRAFT Professional Development Institute, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX, USA)
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 cognitive science to confront students' misconceptions and activate their minds while providing instant feedback to faculty. In this workshop, attendees will experience live demonstrations of Peer Instruction and how it can be used to enhancing college student readiness.