Sun. June 23, 2013 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Free ticketed event
Cyber-enabled tools and web platforms are being used today to provide fast formative feedback to both instructors as well as students. Three widely used techniques are the focus of the workshop. One is Conceptests (or Clicker questions) that are multiple choice questions with misconceptions embedded in the answers as distractors. The Conceptests can be given during class, usually with an active learning approach, such as Peer Instruction (brief collaborative discussions between students), to provide fast feedback to the instructor and students. The second technique is Muddiest Points, in which an instructor solicits brief, anonymous written comments from students at the end of class about difficult concepts over the class. The evaluated responses can be used for feedback at the beginning of the next class and to adjust teaching strategy and instruction. The third technique is screencasts which, in this workshop, are YouTube Tutorial Video Screencasts focused on Muddiest Points. For students, Conceptests allow immediate reflection on content understanding and repair of misconceptions. The Muddiest Points promotes students to reflect on their own learning over the whole class and also promotes instructor reflection on their own practice. Fast feedback can be given by the instructor at the start of the next class to clear up the muddy points. Muddiest Point YouTube videos allow students to address their own difficult concepts outside the classroom. All methods produce significant gains in student learning, motivation, and class persistence.
New and recently developed web-based technologies are evolving that can address the issues ease of implementation and sustainability with cyber-enabled web sites and tools. As such, one of the goals of the workshop is to inform and exchange knowledge and ideas with participants about the availability, usability, and potential opportunities, benefits, and issues associated with the web-based technologies. Session organizers will present ideas, knowledge and commentary about their own classroom experiences in implementing the methods and the resulting impact on their own teaching and their students learning. Although organizers' disciplines are related to chemical, mechanical and materials engineering, the approaches to be discussed are broadly applicable to other disciplines. Some of the particulars that will be discussed are the following. The Concept Warehouse, cw.edudiv.org, is a cyber enabled web site developed at Oregon State University, that has over 1600 Conceptest questions, as well as a Muddiest Point utility. Data analysis and results output has been refined and simplified for ease of use. Another tool to be discussed is the Muddiest Point YouTube Tutorial screencasts, examples of which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/MaterialsConcepts . These can be used as a vehicle to provide fast feedback and self-tutoring to issues raised from results acquired from Conceptests and Muddiest Points.
The workshop will be organized to briefly demonstrate the tools used by organizers and the impact on their teaching and student learning. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to test the sites. This will then be followed by breakout group discussions. The discussions will be conducted to address the issues highlighted by organizers and also solicited from participants. Report outs of group meetings will be debated, discussed, and summarized and the possibility of a organizing a community of users will be discussed. Outcomes of discussions and reports will be compiled and communicated to workshop participants.