Talking About Teaching

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Friday Oct 5, 2012
Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (Room 338), DeWitt Wallace Library

Mark Maclean, University of British Columbia, will present “Teaching Methods Comparison in a Calculus Class: Can We Measure the Effects of High-Engagement Teaching?"  In 2011, Deslauriers, Schelew, and Wieman published in Science the results of an experiment that compared a high-engagement instructional method to traditional lecturing in a first-year physics course. They concluded that a novice instructor trained in this high-engagement method "doubled the learning" over the experienced, traditional lecturer during the week-long experiment. We explored the impacts of this method in a first-year calculus course and considered two questions: 1) Compared to traditional, lecture-based instruction, will students demonstrate more sophisticated reasoning on an immediate test of learning when high-engagement learning is implemented (100 to 150 minutes of class time)?  2) Will any effects persist to later, standard tests of learning in the course?  All faculty are welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Adrienne Christiansen, ext. 6714

This event is for: Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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