My learning goal and clicker workshops all online

August 3, 2017

Giving workshops on the use of clickers / peer instruction, or learning goals?  I wanted to let you all know that my workshop materials for both topics are all compiled and archived online on our SEI Workshop Page.  There are also videos of several of my workshops (though a few years old, they still show […]

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Defining excellence in physics teacher preparation programs: The PTEPA (#AAPTSm17)

July 26, 2017

A big challenge in physics is preparing adequate numbers of well-prepared future physics teachers.  There is a huge dearth of qualified physics teachers at the high school level, and some physics departments have taken it upon themselves to try to address this gap.  Some are very successful.  How do they do it? I’ve been working […]

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Phys21: Preparing students for diverse careers (#AAPTSM17)

July 26, 2017

I just gave an invited talk at AAPT about my work for the Phys21 Report:  Preparing Students for 21st Century Careers.  I was commissioned by the JTUPP committee to create case studies of how institutions achieved success for diverse students.  This was my favorite project last year, it was completely inspiring to talk about what […]

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Free Webinar: ClickerStarter for College Faculty

April 28, 2015

I’m giving another free webinar for i>clicker next Tuesday, May 5th, at 3pm ET.  This is called “ClickerStarter for College Faculty” and is intended as a quick primer on the effective use of clickers for those who want an overview of the benefits and best uses of clickers. Have you heard about using clickers in class, […]

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FTEP workshops on learning goals and clickers

August 12, 2014

I am giving a set of three workshops on learning goals and clickers at the University of Colorado; here are the slides and handouts for participants to download.  Please let me know if you have any problems with these or are looking for something that’s not here.  (I gave a similar set of workshops at […]

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Free #clicker webinar: Facilitating Peer Instruction Effectively

January 25, 2014

I’m giving two free webinars this coming Wednesday on the use of clickers in the classroom to promote student discussion.  I’ve given a lot of these and they’ve always been very well received, come join us, it should be a good time!  Each is one hour long. 11 am PT / 2pm ET:  Recording  (I […]

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George Washington U. clicker workshop – Dec 10th

December 10, 2013

I am giving a workshop at George Washington University on the effective use of clickers, along with my wonderful colleague Stefanie Mollborn from Sociology.  This is a four-part half-day workshop, including information on facilitation, question writing, and tips for success. Do you want to learn how to use clickers – or any student voting technique […]

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Clickers 101: Free webinar on Weds

August 19, 2013

Are you a college faculty member interested in clickers?  Come to our free, introductory webinar on Wednesday, 10:00 PT / 1:00 ET. To register, and for other webinars in this series, see (Note the session on October 30th geared towards humanities and social sciences, by my colleague Angel Hoekstra at CU Boulder). Handouts and slides […]

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Series of workshops on clickers and learning goals

August 19, 2013

I just completed a series of workshops on writing learning goals and using clickers to help with student achievement of those learning goals. You can find all the workshop materials on our website at the Science Education Initiative.  (Look for Past Workshops).  Includes handouts and slides, and you can download a zip of all materials. […]

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FTEP Workshops: Learning Goals & Clickers

August 15, 2012

I did a one-two workshop duo this week for the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP) at the University of Colorado.  Here are the handouts and slides for those presentations. What do you want them to learn today?  Learning goals and formative assessment Handouts: Handout packet Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs Helpful article on Learning Goals Learning Goal […]

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Teaching faculty about effective use of #clickers

August 8, 2012

Tomorrow I’m giving a free webinar on teaching faculty about effective clicker use.  This is an updated version of this presentation, where I share the tips and techniques that have worked for me while doing professional development for faculty in multiple disciplines.  What are some good ways to show what peer instruction is, to elicit […]

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Make Clickers Work for You: Workshop at COLTT

August 1, 2012

I’m presenting a workshop at COLTT (the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology) conference this week, and am uploading my handouts and PPT here for attendees (and anyone else interested). Clickers can make teaching more effective and fun, but how does a teacher best use clickers in the class?  In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore […]

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Talks at the University of Oregon (Cognitive Science & Science Communication)

May 3, 2012

I just came back from the University of Oregon, in beautiful Eugene, where I did a series of workshops and talks.  Here are the materials and slides from those talks, for anyone interested in these materials. What every teacher should know about cognitive research. This talk looks at some of the findings from cognitive psychology […]

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Writing Great Clicker Questions (FTEP; Mar 2012)

April 18, 2012

I forgot to upload the slides and handouts from last month’s Faculty Teaching Excellence Program presentation on Writing Great Clicker Questions.  As usual, you can find all my past presentations on the “presentations” tab, so you can find the materials from a workshop that you’ve attended, or check out the various workshops that I can […]

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Speaking of Physics… The Art of Science Communication

April 13, 2012

Yesterday I gave a short presentation to our graduate student group here at the University of Colorado, to discuss my background in science writing and education, and share some best-practices in communication and writing that they can use with the public, or with colleagues.  One thing that I often find when reading academic papers or […]

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Workshop: Engaging students with clickers “best practices”

April 10, 2012

Today I co-presented a workshop on clicker best-practices with i>clicker representative Dustin Jensen. Classroom response systems (“clickers”) offer a powerful way to increase student engagement by going beyond simple quizzes. They provide an opportunity to gather real-time feedback on student understanding. If you are new to clickers or need fresh ideas for using clickers in […]

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FTEP “Effective facilitation of clickers” workshop

March 16, 2012

I just gave a workshop, along with Steve Pollock, for our faculty teaching excellent program at CU-Boulder on how to effectively facilitate clicker questions in the classroom. I love giving this particular workshop — working on writing questions themselves is fun, but here is where we get to get into the nitty-gritty of how to […]

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What every teacher should know about cognitive science

March 7, 2012

I’ve been invited a few times to speak to the GK12 fellows at CU-Boulder with an interactive presentation that I’ve developed that outlines some main findings from the learning sciences and cognitive psychology (though it’s by no means an exhaustive list), and brainstorms how one might use these ideas in the classroom. Below are the […]

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What Do You Want Them To Learn Today? Materials from my workshop on learning goals at FTEP, 2/22/12

February 23, 2012

I just gave a workshop on learning goals to a great group of thoughtful faculty for our faculty teaching excellence program.   Here are the materials and slides from the workshop. —- Students don’t always learn what it is that we intend to teach them. In several science departments, faculty are addressing this gap by collaboratively […]

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Get the word out: Effectively communicating the results of PER (#aaptwm12)

February 6, 2012

I just gave my talk this morning on effective communication of PER, and how we can learn from the science communication field.  This can also be termed, as coined by Richard Hake, “PER needs more PR.” These are ideas I’ve been playing around with for a while, and gave a one hour invited talk at […]

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