1. UAlbany Fall Faculty Retreat 2012
2012 Fall Faculty Retreat
Thursday, Aug 23, 2012
9:00am - 3:00pm (A detailed agenda will follow)
The Edison Club, Rexford, NY
Mastering the Craft of the Interactive Lecture (to ensure and improve student learning)
Any university professor who lectures, whether frequently or occasionally, will wonder from time to time if what we’re saying is having an effect on students. We’ve all heard the old saw about the guy who is proud of having taught his dog to talk. When tested, the dog continues to bark the way he always did. No doubt the dog appeared to listen patiently and respectfully to the teacher, but did it really matter? While teaching dogs to talk might be different from teaching our students to solve calculus problems, conduct statistical analyses or interpret literature, the issue is the same: lecturing does not automatically lead to learning. The goal of this workshop is to help participants implement provable learning strategies within the more traditional lecture portion of their classes, both large and small. From various ways of questioning, to small group activities, interactive teaching will be modeled by both the workshop leader and participants. Active audience participation will be required—no, really, it will be fun, really!!