Free ticketed event
Presented by University of South Florida
Peer-to-peer instruction is an evidence-based, student-centered approach to teaching. It utilizes interactive techniques that allow students to develop skills while promoting dynamic engagement with course concepts. Some popular types of peer-to-peer learning include Think-Pair-Share, Three Before Me, World Café, Peer Review, and Peer Leading. Several studies have shown that students achieve statistically higher course grades and self-report better understanding of material and improved logic when these instruction approaches are used in the classroom. In this workshop, we will explore a number of peer-to-peer instruction techniques, describe case studies, and elucidate ways to incorporate these techniques into participants’ courses. Participants will engage in a peer-to-peer World Café style workshop where they will work together to develop ideas for how to incorporate peer-to-peer instruction into their own courses.
1. Introduction to Peer to Peer Instruction Techniques
a. Exploration Activity (What do participants already know/think about Peer-to-Peer Instruction)
b. Description of techniques and benefits
ii. Three Before Me
iii. World Café
v. Peer Review
vi. Peer Leaders
2. Case Studies and Examples
a. World Café
b. Peer Reviews in Writing
c. Peer Leaders for Classroom Problem Solving
3. Implementation in Your Classroom
a. Develop an idea for your class
b. Feedback from your break-out group
c. Report out
Sandy Pettit, Ph.D., P.E., is the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and Instructor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). Prior to joining academia, she had over 15 years of diverse industrial experience in manufacturing, plant design, and construction with companies including Procter & Gamble, Jacobs Engineering and TECO Energy. She is an active leader in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), having served in local, regional, and national positions. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Central Florida Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and as a Director for the USF Alumni Association. Sandy was recognized as a 2014 USF Golden Bull for leadership and service to the university and as a 2018 Distinguished Alumni for the USF College of Engineering.
Sheila Gobes-Ryan is a Communication Instructor in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida. She received her PhD in Communication and an interdisciplinary MLA degree from the University of South Florida. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Design, architectural focus, from North Carolina State University. She was a workplace strategic planner involved in large scale corporate and government projects for STUDIOS Architecture, CLW (now Cassidy Turley), and Jacobs Advanced Planning Group, which seeded her interest in understanding the relationship of workers, workplaces and technology. She has held a variety of positions in engineering, architecture, interior design, and construction firms, which drives her interest in teaching essential communication skills to students in those fields. Gobes-Ryan is on the Board of Directors of The Environmental Design Research Association. In this organization she has also served as Co-Chair of the Workplace Environments Network (WEN) since 2000 and Co-Chair of the Communication Network since 2016. She is a member of the National Communication Association. Gobes-Ryan is a Florida Licensed Interior Designer (ID #0002684).
Joanna Bartell is a Communication Instructor with the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida. She received her B.A. in liberal arts from Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter, Florida, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Communication from the University of South Florida. She joined USF’s College of Engineering in 2018 to lead the College’s integrated communication program. Bartell has extensive experience teaching media studies, persuasion and propaganda, health communication, interpersonal communication, and public speaking. Her research interests are focused in medical discourse, mediated discourse, persuasion and argumentation, and pedagogical practices.