Interactive Classes in the Sciences

Ursula Williams, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Wednesday, January 30 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: The traditional method of teaching science to undergraduate students can be generally described as a transmission model, in which an instructor takes center stage in the lecture hall, passing on knowledge for the students to absorb. But recent studies have shown that student-centered, active learning environments lead to better retention of information, better development of critical thinking skills, and higher levels of engagement with the course and the material. In this workshop, we will explore the benefits and challenges of the transmission and interactive models, ask what an interactive classroom looks and feels like, and develop the skills and confidence to apply this approach to our own teaching.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.