University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics Education Seminar

Friday, April 6th 2018
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Lori Patrick, University of Minnesota
Subject: Active learning: what are faculty and student perceptions across disciplines and how should we train teaching assistants to use it?

Active learning teaching techniques – such as clicker questions, group work, think-pair-share, and other activities – benefit all students and can close the achievement gap for under-represented minority, first-generation, and female students in STEM disciplines. Consequently, many courses have been integrating these techniques into their labs and lectures. Several initiatives have focused on training faculty, however there has been relatively little emphasis, at least in biology, to understand faculty and student perceptions of active learning and how these perceptions differ by discipline. Even less is known about graduate student perceptions of active learning and the best strategies to train teaching assistants to use active learning. This talk will focus on some of the work being conducted in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning to address these questions.

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