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Anatomy of an interactive online class

Brett Gilley

Brett Gilley

In this Workshop, we will focus on Active learning using research-based instruction strategies (RBIS). We will introduce various RBIS methods and discuss how and why one teaches with RBIS. Additionally, we will consider how to adapt these methods for online teaching. If time permits, we will discuss ways of affecting student attitudes towards learning as well.

Learning goals

  • Explain why active learning provides superior results (and how we know this to be true!)
  • List several examples of active learning activities that work in both face to face and online settings
  • List and describe ways to make an online class an easier place to be for students and professors
  • (Explain why it is difficult to teach attitude change and how to promote attitude change in online classes)

Time participants will need to invest before the workshop
No pre work. Come as you are.

Target audience
Mostly for professors. I can tailor to specific disciplines, but usually I’m happy to teach a broad spectrum.

March 18, 2021 03:00 PM - 06:30 PM (online)
This workshop is held in English.

Brett Gilley is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Brett loves teaching geology and natural disasters and works hard to improve geoscience education. He was part of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative for more than 7 years and helped to improve many of the department’s courses during that time. Brett’s current work is centered around demonstrating the effectiveness of two stage exams on student learning and retention.

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