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Countdown to Content: Planning a Lecture-Less Launch

In higher education, launching into a new instructional unit or topic is frequently done with a lecture. One student-centered alternative stems from the learning cycle approach. First, students engage in an exploration of models, data, simulations, images, or short text excerpts guided by questions that increase in depth and complexity. The exploration helps students to uncover patterns and relationships and can even create cognitive dissonance. The exploration phase generates a "need to know" for the following phases: concept introduction/invention (naming events and objects) and concept application (students using concepts in new situations). This interactive workshop includes a learning cycle activity, a debrief of its characteristics, ways to move from a lecture-based to a lecture-less launch of new content, and examples of classroom materials.

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Ellen Yezierski, Center for Teaching Excellence Director. Ellen is a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. As CTE Director, Ellen networks with faculty and programs across campus to fulfill the Center’s mission and support student learning through faculty development and innovation in teaching. She has been recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring (2018) and a Distinguished Teaching Award (2015) and has taught large undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses. Her research group focuses on improving conceptual understanding of chemistry by examining the dynamics of teaching and teacher change. The goal of their work is to markedly reform instruction and improve chemistry learning across a variety of grade levels (high school and college). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods to explore teacher beliefs and change, assessment, use of animations, and characterizing teaching and learning in chemistry outreach. Visit the Yezierski Research Group to learn more about their activities and outcomes.

Thursday, July 30 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Information Sessions, Training & Development

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
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