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CASTLE Pedagogical Happy Hour
Start Date: 2/3/2021Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 2/3/2021End Time: 5:00 PM

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"An Online Win: The End of Large Face-to-Face Lectures?" with Frank Ferrone, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics


With COVID-mandated online learning in the spring, like most, I scrambled to make a course that retained salient features of the face-to-face course that introduces Physics to Bio majors (of whom most were pre-Med); enrollment is typically about 200 students. What I chose were asynchronous lectures that required students to watch in self-selected groups of 2-4 and produce a blog within Drexel Learn in which they answered questions posed during lecture, as well as posing their own. The lecture itself used multiple narrators, and various on-line resources to provide visualization of concepts.   This approach was remarkably effective: students who had already had 2 terms face-to-face (so that they had a standard for comparison) preferred it, and the format generated far greater student involvement based on number of questions posed during the lecture. Results in the Fall term (the beginning quarter of the 3-Q sequence) are similar.  Student evaluations showed a significant increase as well compared to previous years. I will give examples of what we did and the student responses and suggest some lessons for the future.


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Happy Hour begins at 3:30pm
Presentation begins at 4:00pm
CASTLE Pedagogical Happy Hour is a program hosted by the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) and sponsored by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The program features a current faculty member who will present a brief overview of an effective teaching strategy utilized in their classroom or laboratory, followed by audience Q&A and discussion.
Contact Information:
Name: Meredith Casino
Email: mlc439@drexel.edu
CASTLE Happy Hour
Participants will be emailed a Zoom link the day of the event.
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