Seminar Announcement: CEILS Visiting Scientific Teaching Scholar
Please join us TODAY, May 5th to welcome our special guest speaker:
Dr. Justin Shaffer

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
University of California, Irvine
Teaching with High Structure: What, Why, and Why Not?

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 2:00-3:00pm | 1100 Terasaki Life Sciences Building [TLSB]

Description:  In recent years, active learning has been shown to provide significant gains in student performance in college STEM courses and is now a ubiquitously and highly recommended way of teaching. However, finding the time in class and the means to implement active learning may be a challenge. High structure course designs, which include pre-class content delivery and graded assignments, in-class active learning exercises, and graded weekly review assignments, help facilitate the adoption of active learning exercises by asking that students acquire course content prior to class. In this seminar, high structure course designs will be described for two college courses: a 420+ student introductory biology course and a 140+ student upper-division human anatomy course. Specific educational research projects that assess high structure teaching practices from these courses will also be presented, including using reading guides to improve student exam performance and a comparison of in-class student engagement systems. Finally, recommendations and challenges for teaching with high structure will be discussed.

Following this event, you are also invited to join Dr. Shaffer and the CEILS community for happy hour starting at 4:00pm at Plateia in the Luskin Conference Center.

No RSVP needed. We hope to see you there!

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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