The seventh annual Success in the Classroom: Sharing Practices that Work conference is set for Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the top floor of the Student Union Building. The luncheon keynote address by Noah Finkelstein, director of Integrating STEM Education for CU and associate professor of physics at the University of Colorado, concerns “A Scholarly Approach to Science Education: Key Tools for Transformation at a Critical Time Nationally.” The conference is free and open to the public.
This UNM community conference is by instructors for instructors, providing a forum to share insights into successful teaching and learning. Oral and poster sessions cover a variety of themes and include a session on the transition from face-to-face to online teaching.
After decades of research into student learning, assessments and curriculum design, physics is considered one of the leading fields engaged in discipline-based educational research. Finkelstein’s address frames the national scene of physics education and reviews findings the on successes and challenges of discipline-based educational research at the University of Colorado. As a result of educational programs at Colorado, physics students now learn more, performing as much as three times better on measures of conceptual mastery; the university has tripled the number students becoming teachers, especially in areas of high need such as math, physics and chemistry; and the university has committed significant infrastructure to support faculty and students in educational research and transformation.
Finkelstein also presents a workshop on “Interactive Engagement Techniques, Assessments, and Their Research Basis” on Thursday, Feb. 16, with a choice of two sessions, 9–11 a.m. and 1:30–3:30 p.m. The interactive session examines the theory and practice of some of the fast-growing tools used to transform traditional chalk-talk lectures into interactive and student-centered classes, even for large-enrollment classrooms. Participants examine tools including personal-response systems or “clickers,” interactive computer simulations, tutorials and technology and Web-based tools for teaching.
Reservations are required to attend the luncheon keynote address on Feb. 15 and workshop sessions on Feb. 16., but no pre-registration is required for other conference sessions.