Presentation on teaching technology

Last week I had the opportunity to share with the OWU Board of Trustees some of the ways I’m using technology to enhance my teaching. I shared about my experiences trying to ‘flip’ my intro cell biology class last semester. Below is a rough outline of my 10-min talk, and here are my slides, which should be viewable in any modern browser1.watch full Louis C.K. 2017 2017 movie online

Trying a Flip

What’s the idea?

  • expose students to concepts through self-guided study prior to class
  • spend class time helping students apply concepts to solve problems
  • technology is an enabler for this kind of teaching

Why flip?

  • better use of class time than lecture
  • encourages students to build more critical thinking, application skills
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a major point of emphasis in recent reports on the state of improving undergraduate science education
  • research evidence that it’s better for learning than lecture

How did I do it?

  • switched to new, more modular, online textbook, required reading in advance
  • created in-class experiences allowing students to apply concepts
  • created website that provided scaffolding for students
  • student groups kept an online notebook, shared with me, for feedback and input
  • used online clicker questions through polleverywhere.com to register student understanding

How did it go?

  • classroom space design was a real inhibitor to exploration and discussion
  • holding classes like this in a space designed for active learning would be amazing
  • students are very reliant on lecture for information transmission
  • designing in-class experiences is difficult, time-consuming

  1. I made the presentation with reveal.js, a framework for making presentations with HTML. The whole presentation lives in a simple text file. Use the space bar or arrow keys to navigate; press ESC to pick a specific slide. What can I say, I like to experiment!