Presentations

Handouts for January 4th Webinar: Make Clickers Work for You

January 4, 2012

I’m giving a webinar today to what is shaping up to be a huge group (over 400 registrants, a record for me!)  This is my introduction to clickers and peer instruction talk, “Make Clickers Work for You“.  I also do workshops on writing clicker questions and effective facilitation techniques, but this webinar is my quick […]

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Free webinar on effective use of clickers

December 26, 2011

I’m giving another free webinar that I’m giving on effective use of clickers in the college classroom (though most is applicable to K12).  This webinar is an introductory look at best practices in clicker use, based on research, including peer instruction.  Please share this widely — these webinars have been very popular.  Make Clickers Work […]

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What every teacher should know about cognitive research (Nov 18th, CO Science Conference)

December 2, 2011

I gave a workshop to a full house again a few weeks ago at the Colorado Science Conference.  This one’s always popular — cognitive research that applies to instruction.  I didn’t record it, but will try to record when I give the same presentation next week.  I’m always happy to give this presentation again — […]

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My workshops prior to 2012

November 26, 2011

Want to see all the materials from presentations and workshops I’ve given?  I now have a separate page on my blog for presentations (check it out).  I’ll keep that updated, so you can always find some of my materials.   You’re always welcome to borrow my ideas, as long as you give attribution!  And remember, I […]

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Teaching faculty about effective use of clickers #clickers

September 13, 2011

I’ve been working for the past several years to figure out the best ways to teach faculty about how to use clickers effectively; to engage students, ask questions that get students thinking, and to use peer discussion to help students work together to learn from the questions.  It’s not always easy.  Recent research has shown […]

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Adopt, Adapt or Abandon? Instructors’ Decisions to Use Research-Based Materials (#AAPTsm11)

August 3, 2011

Just gave my 10-minute talk at AAPT on my work examining the sustainability of our course transformation efforts in junior E&M. Physics education researchers often develop materials for classroom use. Instructors then choose which of those materials they would like to implement. We present a case study of University of Colorado’s transformed junior E&M course. […]

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Speaking of Physics: The art of science communication #aaptsm11

August 2, 2011

I just gave my invited talk at AAPT, on effective science communication.  The whole session was delightful — Becky Thompson from APS gave a rundown of the different types of evil geniuses portrayed in movies, Jacob Blickenstaff outlined the images of scientists in the Big Bang Theory, and Karen Williams looked at students’ views of […]

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Get the word out: Effective communication of physics education research

May 16, 2011

I recently gave a plenary talk at the Foundation and Frontiers of Physics Education Research – Puget Sound conference.  What an honor!  And very fun, because I got to talk about anything that I wanted to.  I’ve been wanting — for ages — to talk about the intersections that I see between science journalism and […]

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Free webinars on clickers — how to use them and how to teach about them

January 13, 2011

Hey, I just wanted readers to know about my two upcoming webinars on clicker use.  One is on how to teach faculty how to use clickers effectively — basically, some tips on effective professional development.  That’s coming up next Tuesday!  The second is a repeat of an earlier webinar — how to use clickers effectively.  […]

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Webinar: Writing great (science) clicker questions

November 1, 2010

The kind folks at i>clicker have invited me back to give another webinar on effective use of personal response systems.  This one’s called Writing Great Clicker Questions and will be focused on techniques and tips in writing questions that get students discussing and debating — questions that help students learn, rather than just assessing what […]

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September 27th – Free Webinar on Effective Use of Clickers

September 17, 2010

I’m going to be offering a one-hour free webinar on September 27th at 11 am MST on effective use of clickers.  This will be targeted to college faculty teaching all disciplines, but those of you in K12 will certainly be able to see how the messages apply to your environment.  Please consider joining us!  This […]

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Podcasting talk at Asilomar

December 10, 2007

I gave a workshop last week at the California Math Council conference at Asilomar — on making and using podcasts in the mathematics classroom. Here are the handouts from that talk (PDF). This is a challenging workshop to give because people come in with so many different levels of knowledge about podcasting. Some are just […]

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podcasting in the classroom

June 16, 2007

I’ve recently been teaching workshops to teachers about how they might use podcasts in the classroom. I just taught one yesterday to a wonderfully enthusiastic bunch at CCSF. There are always those tech-happy teachers who know about the latest things and host beautiful webpage highlighting class work. But most teachers aren’t them. Many teachers are […]

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