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How To Use Active Learning Easily

Event date: Monday, March 11, 2013, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: TBD

How To Use Active Learning Easily in Any Class including STEM & Other Content Heavy Classes[Event Flyer]

Presented By: Craig Nelson, PhD, Biology, Indiana University, Emeritus

In content heavy courses we often feel compelled to cover as much material as possible. In this workshop we will quickly examine some evidence how this can be a self-defeating strategy. We will then focus on more effective strategies that can be used in a class of any size. These rely in active learning that has been carefully structured by the teacher to optimize learning.

Craig E. Nelson is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he has been since 1966. His biological research (60+ papers) has been on evolution and ecology, most recently on sex-determination in turtles. His articles on teaching (20+) address critical thinking and mature valuing, diversity, active learning, teaching evolution and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has presented invited workshops on these and related topics at numerous national meetings and at many individual institutions, both here and abroad. He has taught several courses in biology as well as freshman seminars, honors courses, collaboratively taught interdisciplinary courses (mostly in environmental studies) and regularly taught a graduate course on "Alternative Approaches to Teaching College Biology." He was instrumental in the development of IU's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) program and was founding Director of Environmental Programs in its School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He received several awards for distinguished teaching, was named the "Outstanding Research And Doctoral University Professor Of The Year 2000" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and received the President's Medal for Excellence, "the highest honor bestowed by Indiana University," in 2001. He was the first President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which he helped found in 2004.

Reception to follow. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Please contact the CTE for any of the following:
  • Handout: "How to Do Active Learning Easily not only for STEM & Other Content-Heavy Classes"
  • Handout: "The 'Red Pen' Worksheet"
  • Active Learning Presentation Recording
  • Other Material:
    • Handout: "A Brief Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)"
    • Bibliography: "Suggested Resources for Scholarly Teaching (ST) and for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) with a Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)"
    • Handout: "Achievement, Retention and Equity: Key Pedagogical Changes that Can Make a Real Difference in ANY College Classroom Without Lowering Standards"
    • Critical Thinking Handout: "Why Critical Thinking is so Hard for Students to Learn? How Can We Help?"
    • Handout: "The 'Red Pen' Worksheet"
    • Handout: "Fostering Achievement, Retention & Equity for All Students: Key Recent Examples"

Other talks by Craig Nelson at LMU:

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.