Other education

Flat space, deep learning, at Tour de mazur, Universiteit Twente (Enschede, Netherlands), Wednesday, November 25, 2015:
The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Flat space, deep learning
Academic Researchers' Joint Ventures toward Undergraduate STEM Teaching Improvement at Major Research Universities, at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting - Poster Session (Denver, Colorado), Sunday, May 2, 2010:
Based on a qualitative study of 20 research-active science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professors’ teaching improvement efforts, this paper suggests that some academic researchers engage in highly-intensive, joint ventures to enhance their introductory pedagogy at major research universities. The study casts professors’ participation in such communal teaching activities as voluntary and as enacted despite problematic career structures that promote collaboration in research, not in teaching. Based on interviews, observations and documentary analysis, the study posits that... Read more about Academic Researchers' Joint Ventures toward Undergraduate STEM Teaching Improvement at Major Research Universities
Assessment: The silent killer of learning, at Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness, Nyack College (Nyack, NY), Friday, October 21, 2016:
Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. Assessment has been called the "hidden curriculum" as it is an important driver of students' study habits. Unless we rethink our approach to... Read more about Assessment: The silent killer of learning
The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at Special campus-wide event, University of Missouri St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), Wednesday, March 9, 2011:
Discussions of teaching -- even some publications -- abound with anecdotal evidence. Our intuition often supplants a systematic, scientific approach to finding out what works and what doesn't work. Yet, research is increasingly demonstrating that our gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. In this talk I will discuss some research my group has done on gender issues in science courses and on the effectiveness of classroom demonstrations.
Innovating Education to Educate Innovators, at 2017 National STEM Cell Foundation Scholars Program, Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY), Thursday, June 8, 2017
The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Innovating Education to Educate Innovators
Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior, at aller Hacia La Sociedad del Conocimiento Transformando la Educación Superior (Santo Domingo,, República Dominicana), Friday, September 16, 2011:
Al abrir las puertas de cualquier sala de clases en cualquier parte del mundo, podrá observar un modelo casi universal de evaluación del aprendizaje del es- tudiante. Los profesores están ubicados al frente del salón de clases, enseñan contenido, los estudiantes (eso esperamos) intentan aprender el contenido y los profesores lo evalúan a través de métodos tradicionales, tales como exámenes de opciones múltiples, exámenes cortos o tareas de investigación. La mayoría de es- tos métodos convencionales de evaluación son de una sola dimensión y no están alineados con metas amplias... Read more about Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior
The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at LASPAU Program on Curricular Innovation, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, May 1, 2012:
Discussions of teaching -- even some publications -- abound with anecdotal evidence. Our intuition often supplants a systematic, scientific approach to finding out what works and what doesn't work. Yet, research is increasingly demonstrating that our gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. In this talk I will discuss some research my group has done on gender issues in science courses and on the effectiveness of classroom demonstrations.
Accelerating Academic Achievement at the University, at University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX), Thursday, August 23, 2012:
Improving student success is one of the most pressing issues in higher education across the world. Too often, despite succeeding in secondary classrooms, students enter college underprepared to engage in the rigors of undergraduate study, which results in a number of consequences for institutions. High dropout, failure, and withdrawal rates limit students’ abilities to take full advantage of their college experience and reach their highest potential. Failing to intervene has substantial cost implications for institutions, instructors, and societies within which an educated workforce is key... Read more about Accelerating Academic Achievement at the University
The Principles and Practice of Physics, at University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), Monday, February 16, 2015:
The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.
Using Partnerships to Scale Innovation: UT-Austin’s OnRamps Initiative, at TASA Midwinter Conference (Austin, TX), Wednesday, January 30, 2013:
OnRamps is a statewide initiative organized by UT-Austin to accelerate students’ preparation for entry-level college courses. Three dual-credit courses are being developed by faculty at UT- Austin and other institutions for launch in fall 2013. This session focuses on how OnRamps has used strategic partnerships— with national experts, institutional and technological partners, and successful programs—to leverage expertise, as well as scale and support statewide innovation.
Flat space, deep learning, at NES APS Spring Meeting, Boston Univeristy (Boston, MA), Friday, April 24, 2015:
The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Flat space, deep learning
Showcase: A team-based, project-based approach to teaching introductory physics, at 2013 9th Annual International CDIO Conference, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Thursday, June 13, 2013:
The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Showcase: A team-based, project-based approach to teaching introductory physics
Teaching and Research: Inseparable responsibilities of the modern physicist, at Advisory Committee Meeting, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Arlington, VA), Thursday, April 13, 2000:
Mention the word ""physics"" to the average high-school student and you are not likely to see many happy faces. Public opinion of science in general--and physics in particular--is not high. More importantly, misunderstandings about the goals and procedures of physics are rampant. In part, these problems arise because physics education has focused nearly exclusively on generating a steady supply of future physicists. The need to educate non-majors, let alone the public at large, has generally not been perceived as an important mission of physics departments. Now that the need for physics is no... Read more about Teaching and Research: Inseparable responsibilities of the modern physicist
Flipping your Classroom with Peer Instruction and Learning Catalytics, at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Phoenix, AZ), Saturday, January 25, 2014:
Flipped learning is much more than watching videos and doing homework in class. In this hands-on session, Dr. Julie Schell will introduce one research-based flipped method called Peer Instruction. A primary goal of Peer Instruction is to radically transform students’ in-class experiences. Originally developed for use in college physics at Harvard University, thousands of teachers currently use Peer Instruction in many disciplines with many different age groups, all over the world. Participants of this session will learn how flipped learning with Peer Instruction works, participate in a live... Read more about Flipping your Classroom with Peer Instruction and Learning Catalytics
Visualizations and visual illusions: how the mind tricks us, at Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation Conference, Clarion University (Clarion, PA), Wednesday, August 18, 2004:
Neurobiology and cognitive psychology have made great progress in understanding how the mind processes information – in particular visual information. The knowledge we can gain from these fields has important implications for the presentation of visual information and student learning.

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