Campus-Wide Events | Workshops

The directors of CWSP run one campus-wide workshop each semester on various topics pertaining to writing and speaking in the disciplines. These workshops are open to the campus community and held at different times each semester to accommodate teaching schedules.

Upcoming Campus-wide Workshops

Why Relying Solely on the Lecture Method Can Diminish Students' Learning . . . and What You Can Do About It

Dr. Chris Anson and Dr. Deanna Dannels
Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 10:00-12:00 p.m.
Room 129, Building 1911

For some teachers, the default delivery mode for instruction is the lecture: an expert on a stage fills students' brains with ideas, theories, terms, facts, and ways of doing things. Students are responsible for absorbing this knowledge and then demonstrating their learning through objective tests, papers, or essay exams. In addition to scholarship documenting the serious educational limitations of sole reliance on the lecture mode, emerging presentational technologies are now showing that traditional lectures can be delivered online, in an environment that allows students to learn at their own pace, on their own time, even repeating all or part of the lecture to understand the material more fully. What, then, of the conventional professorial role of sage on the stage? Are we creating our own obsolescence?

This session will explore the process of "course delivery reversal," more informally known as "course flipping." Supported by theories of learning, course flipping involves transferring our lectures to the online environment, freeing us to focus our class sessions on what students do to learn the material, through active engagement, hands-on application, and interactive discussion. The workshop will focus on how we can use writing and speaking to hold students accountable for viewing online lectures and to engage them in application within the face-to-face classroom environments.

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