In the past four months (since November 2015), three of the WFU science departments have used research seminar time slots to host guest speakers with expertise in active learning. I’m trying to introduce more and more active learning into my classes. It is really nice that groups at Wake Forest are working to increase exposure to such methods. I was able to attend the first two in person and plan to watch a video-capture of the third talk soon.
- Dr. Rachelle Spell from Emory University, who gave a talk in WFU Biology on “Teaching Tibetan Monks Evolution: A Case Study in Effective Teaching”
- Dr. Derek Bruff from Vanderbilt University, who gave a talk in WFU Computer Science on “Class Time Reconsidered: Active Learning in the STEM Classroom“
- Dr. Bob Beichner of North Carolina State University, who gave a talk in WFU Physics on “Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP) Project“