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SERS: The PENS Project

Event date: Monday, October 22, 2012, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: CTE - UNH 3030

The PENS project: using technology to improve problem-solving skills and flip classroom learning [Event Flyer]

Presented by: Jeremy McCallum, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Abstract: The Problem-solving Examples with Narration for Students (PENS) project is creating and assessing instructional materials that target one of the central skills required for success in the STEM fields: problem-solving. Instead of focusing solely on the refined end product of problem-solving, written solutions, students are instructed on how to focus explicitly on the problem solving process, with particular attention paid to self-regulation. In this talk, I will share my experiences with incorporating technology to create think-aloud videos to improve students’ skills in problem solving and how I use think-alouds to flip classroom learning. The technologies used to create think-aloud videos (iPad apps and livescribe pen) will be discussed and highlighted, demonstrating expert and student created videos used for pre-lecture videos and as homework assignments. I will discuss how I am implementing these videos to improve problem solving skills, self-regulation, and reflection for my current first semester organic chemistry course and the methods by which I will assess these skills.

This talk is part of the STEM Education Research Seminar series. The goal of the series is to provide a forum for faculty working on research related to STEM education to present and discuss their work. All interested welcome.

The STEM Education Research Seminar is organized by Anna Bargagliotti, Ph.D., Mathematics, and Jeff Phillips, Ph.D., Physics. Please contact them directly or via for details.

Event Recording

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.