Upcoming EventsThroughout the year the center offers events, presentations, seminars, and workshops that explore innovations in communication and technology and the ways they affect teaching and learning. From new ideas to best practices, we’re here to help you stay at the forefront.
Eric Mazur, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and area dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University will present two lectures on Friday, October 16th. The first, Confessions of a Converted Lecturer, will begin at 6 p.m. The second, Flat Space, Deep Learning, will begin at 7:30 p.m. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics. Mazur has founded several companies and plays an active role in the industry. For more information on both lectures, please see below.
Confessions of a Converted Lecturer
Friday, October 16th | 6:00pm | Sloan Music Center, Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall
Abstract: I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail! I will show how I have adjusted my approach to teaching and how it has improved my students’ performance significantly
Flat space, deep learning
Friday, October 16th | 7:30pm | Sloan Music Center, Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall
Abstract: The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding of physics. This showcase will discuss the course philosophy and pedagogical approach and participants will take part in a new form of collaborative assessment. While the course we are piloting is an engineering physics course, the methods described in this talk are applicable to STEM and other fields.
Refreshments and a meet and greet session will occur between the two lectures. For additional information and questions, please contact Sue Fabros (email@example.com).
We invite faculty to drop in for Moodle training sessions with instructional technology staff in Studio D (Library 1016) every Thursday morning from July 23 until the first day of classes. No RSVP is required. Below is the outline for the sessions, to be repeated weekly. We encourage faculty to take advantage of these drop-in sessions, but if you have a conflict and need to schedule an individual appointment, please contact Paul Brantley (firstname.lastname@example.org| ext 2897).
10:00 am What’s New in Moodle 2.8?
10:30 am Moodle Quizzes and the Respondus LockDown Browser
11:00 am Moodle Assignments and the Gradebook
11:30 am Moodle Forums and Groups
Online Training for New Moodle Users (lynda.com)
Lynda.com recently added training for Moodle 2.8, the version we are using at Davidson. For faculty who are new to Moodle, this is an excellent place to start. Steps to access Lynda, plus a recommended subset of the Lynda training materials, are presented below:
- With your browser, go to http://lynda.davidson.edu and login with your Davidson credentials.
- Search for “Moodle 2.8 Essential Training.”
Recommended sections in Lynda’s “Moodle 2.8 Essential Training”:
- Getting Ready to Teach with Moodle
– Navigating a Moodle course (first 2 minutes only)
- Preparing Your Course in Moodle
– Editing course settings (4m 15 s)
– Editing topic areas (5m 31s)
- Managing Course Resources in Moodle
– Organizing your course with labels and folders (3m 28s)
– Uploading files for students to download (2m 23s)
– Creating links to external websites (2m 47s)
– Creating Moodle webpages (3m 44s)
- Managing Course Participants in Moodle
– Adding students or teaching assistants manually to your course (3m 27s)
– Switching roles to see what students see (1m 9s)
– Creating groups for collaborative work (5m 28s)
- Facilitating Activities with Moodle
– Setting up class discussions with forums (6m 34s)
- Assessing Learning in Moodle
– Entire section is great for quizzes and assignments
- Course Administration in Moodle
– Entire section is great if you plan to use the gradebook