The following UBC sponsored event will be available online this Friday, June 7th from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM at http://bit.ly/MazurUBC
Presentation by: Dr. Eric Mazur - The Tyranny of the Lecture
Most -- if not all -- of the important skills in our life are acquired outside the traditional classroom setting. Yet we continue to teach using lectures where students passively take down information. Instead, we should really focus on the assimilation of that information and shift the focus from teaching to helping students learn.
Over the past 20 years, instructors world-wide have begun to adopt Peer Instruction to get students to think in class. With the advent of new technology the process can be significantly improved. A new data-analytics driven audience response system does away with multiple choice questions and helps instructors design better questions, manage time and process flow, and optimize the discussions in the classroom.
Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and physics education. The realization in the early 1990's that despite, his careful and excellent lectures, his students were actually learning only a small fraction of what he was trying to teach them, led him to develop the instructional methodology known as Peer Instruction. Now widely adopted and utilized across many countries, institutions and disciplines, Peer Instruction is a key technique to enhance student engagement and learning in large classes.
Teaching Expo August 6th-30th
There are a variety of workshop and sessions available for new and experienced faculty, here's just a few; Instructional Skills Seminar, Blackboard Bootcamp, Teaching Large Classes, Instructional Strategies and many more. Stay tuned for more details.
Course (Re)Design Seminar
Full 4-Day Seminar Tuesday, August 6th - Friday, August 9, 2013. 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Application Deadline: July 26, 2013
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Tuesday, August 13 – Friday, August 16, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily
Location: SCI 331
The Instructional Skills Workshop is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the 3-4 day workshop, participants design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.
The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. Effective feedback skills, practiced in the workshop, are useful for educators in the classroom and also as they conduct their regular institutional business.
Register early to ensure your participation (limit 6) Register
Please note that if you would like to copy course content from a previously taught Blackboard/Connect course into your new fall term version, you can do this yourself. Click here to follow the simple step by step instructions. .
It is highly recommended that you complete this process well before you need to use the content as this is a queued process and only 1 course for the entire UBC campus can be copied at a time; therefore if people have large courses or if you are queued behind a large course, this process could take several days.
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Each month we will post a journal article about research into teaching and learning. Please take time to read and reflect on the readings as they may impact your teaching and learning situation. We will be hosting a discussion board through a connect shell where you can add your comments and also suggest other articles of interest. If you wish to be added to this Blackboard Connect shell please email Heather Hurren at the Centre with your CWL ID.
This month’s article is entitled “Redesigning a Large Lecture Course for Student Engagement”. Enjoy!!
Each month the Centre will include an instructional strategy that you may wish to try in your courses. If you need further information contact Heather at the Centre. This month’s strategy is entitled “Graffiti"