Keynote

Remote Learning was a Disaster. Was it?: Reflections on a year of remote teaching, at Sthem Brasil — Formação de Gestores, Wednesday, June 16, 2021:

The pandemic catapulted schools and universities into remote teaching, forcing instructors and students to scramble to adapt to a new reality. By the end of 2020, public opinion on the remote teaching and learning “experiment” had soured. The verdict in the media was crystal clear: remote teaching is a disaster. Is it really that bad? Join me in analyzing how I transitioned my team- and project-based course to remote teaching and discovered some surprising results. And learn why I might not go back.

Remote Learning was a Disaster. Was it?: Reflections on a year of remote teaching, at UNC Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference, Thursday, June 3, 2021

The pandemic catapulted schools and universities into remote teaching, forcing instructors and students to scramble to adapt to a new reality. By the end of 2020, public opinion on the remote teaching and learning “experiment” had soured. The verdict in the media was crystal clear: remote teaching is a disaster. Is it really that bad? Join me in analyzing how I transitioned my team- and project-based course to remote teaching and discovered some surprising results. And learn why I might not go back.


 
Keynote: Twilight of the Lecture: Peer Instruction for Active Learning, at Faculty Development Workshop, Touro College, New York, NY, Friday, April 23, 2021:

Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what is mostly done in large introductory courses -- instructors present material (even though this material might be readily available in printed form) and for students the main purpose of lectures is to take down as many notes as they can. Few students have the ability, motivation, and discipline to synthesize all the information delivered to them. Yet synthesis is perhaps the most important -- and most elusive -- aspect of education. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to...

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Education, post-coronavirus, at Jornadas Virtuales de Educación, CeRP del Norte, Uruguay, Wednesday, September 30, 2020:
The rapid transition to online teaching necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. What may have seemed like a challenge, is a great opportunity to improve the quality of education.
 
Education, post-coronavirus, at Maastricht, the Netherlands, Monday, August 31, 2020:
The rapid transition to online teaching necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. What may have seemed like a challenge, is a great opportunity to improve the quality of education.
 
Promoting Social Interactions in (Remote) Education, at Harvard University, Wednesday, July 15, 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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