Student Engagement & Assessment in Large Classes

Name: Student Engagement & Assessment in Large Classes

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Room 3340, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, 2405 Wesbrook Mall (Point Grey Campus)

Description: “Flipping your classroom – Why, how and what can happen”
Dr. Bates will present a practice-based case study of curriculum redesign implemented in a large-enrolment introductory Physics course taught at Edinburgh. The course was inverted, or “flipped”, in the sense that content and material is delivered to students for self-study in advance of lectures, via a combination of home-grown electronic course materials, textbook reading and external web resources. Subsequent lectures focus on problems students are still having after self-study of the material, which have been self-reported by them as part of a weekly reading quiz assignment. Lectures are transformed from sessions for transmission or initial presentation of information, to guided discussion sessions, with a particular focus on peer instruction techniques and discussion, facilitated by extensive use of clicker questions. Dr. Bates will present details of student engagement, comment on student perceptions of the different instructional format, and present data that presents evidence for high quality learning on the course.

Simon Bates joined UBC in the summer of 2012 as Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT); Director, Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISoTL); and Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy. Dr. Bates was previously Dean of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Physics Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has published extensively in the areas of physics education research and the role of technology in enhancing learning. While at Edinburgh, he established and led the Physics Education Research Group (EdPER), which quickly became an internationally visible group of researchers, securing research grant funding from various external sources, including the UK Higher Education Academy, the Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

“Increasing student engagement in large classrooms: the why, the how, and some examples.”
Almost every instructor wishes to increase student engagement in their classrooms, but often believe it is difficult to do.  Dr. Jared Taylor’s presentation will explore (with audience participation!) strategies for increasing student engagement and learning in large classroom settings, and some relevant data collected by the CWSEI at UBC.

Dr. Jared Taylor, Vice President, Research & Development, Diacarbon Energy Inc, and Science Teaching & Learning Fellow, UBC Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative. Jared Taylor has a research background in both industry and academia.  In addition, to completing his PhD in Biological Chemistry, he worked as a researcher at Ballard Power Systems and as a Chemistry Instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley. More recently, Dr. Taylor has completed his post-doctoral studies as part of UBC’s Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative where he researched novel ways of successfully increasing student learning and problem solving skills in large lecture settings.  Dr. Taylor is currently serving as the Vice President of R&D at Diacarbon Energy Inc.

Ticketing: FREE – Spaces are Limited. Please RSVP to Sharon Brown at by Oct 25th

Open to Public, Recommended for Faculty (Educators & Researchers), Staff, Students

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