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Active Learning in Large Lectures

Joe Lauher, a professor of chemistry at Stony Brook, describes how he and a team of his colleagues transformed their organic chemistry course. This course is taught to over a thousand students each year in a lecture hall that seats 560 students. Joe discusses how the introduction of clickers has engaged his students by forcing them to think about and discuss the content with fellow students during the large lectures. In particular, he discusses how the questions posed to the class need to be written to generate discussion. In additon, he and his team have used portable computer equipment to enable them to leave the stage and mingle with the audience while still controlling the presentation and writing on the screen. He discusses how "teaching from the floor" has changed the intimacy of the... Show More
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Pamela Hernandez
Pamela Hernandez (Student)
5 years ago

Pace of the discussion is slow and does not get to the meat of the topic which is how to effectively use student response systems in a large class until over halfway into the video.  Good insight into needing to move past the basic exam type questions, but would be more useful with some sample questions to demonstrate what they have found effective.

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