June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Beyond the Lecture: Non-traditional Techniques for Teaching Assistants of Discussion CoursesPAPER ABSTRACTThe benefits of active learning have been demonstrated in recent research. Still, instructors ofcourses particularly in engineering hesitate in adopting such methods. Here, active learningtechniques designed for teaching assistants in courses that are traditionally lecture-based andproblem-based are presented. These ‘tricks of the trade’ are intended to aid teaching assistants inovercoming common barriers to implementing new techniques: limited preparation time andlimited resources. Several non-traditional techniques are selected that require modestpreparation and few resources that instructors can incorporate into the lecture to break up thepace, regain focus, strengthen the amount of information retained, and increase the probability ofrecall. At institutions where a smaller discussion section supplements a large lecture, thereduced class size is ideal for a novice instructor to introduce unfamiliar teaching methods. Theincluded techniques (think pair share, minute papers, pauses, effective questions, and a flippedreview session) are specifically adapted for use in engineering courses and personal examplesfrom the classroom are given.
Grady, M. E., & Gergely, R. C. R. (2014, June), What’s Stopping Them? Perspectives of Teaching Assistants on Incorporating Diverse Teaching Methods Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23305
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