Tuesday, October 17, 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
ITLAL Underground (Library 69)

What happens when we let students “opt out” of face-to-face class participation?
Special Guest Presenter: Perry Samson, Ph.D.

What if we could use technology to engage remote students synchronously with our face-to-face students, allowing them to answer questions, ask questions, take notes, and identify when they are confused in real-time? This presentation will look at the results of a study that used a similar model in a science survey course at the University of Michigan. While this sounds like a great opportunity to engage students, the results of the study show that students who participated remotely didn’t actually have the same experience as students in the face-to-face classroom—and they didn’t have the same learning outcomes.

This session will share detailed findings of the effectiveness of this teaching strategy, lessons learned from the study, and implications for uses of synchronous technology for teaching and learning.

About our presenter: Perry Samson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany-SUNY. He frequently presents on effective active learning strategies and using technology in the classroom.

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