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SCALE-UP workshop by expert Jerry Feldman

Friday 24 May 2024
TBD: will be shared with you after registration

May 24: SCALE-UP workshop by expert Jerry Feldman (Department of Physics, George Washington University) – sign up now!

The conventional lecture (“teaching by telling”) has been shown to be an ineffective mode of instruction for science classes [1]. For enhancing critical thinking skills and developing problem-solving abilities, collaborative group-learning environments have proven to be far more effective [2-4]. The introductory physics classes from Jerry Feldman at George Washington University (GWU) have been using a collaborative group-learning pedagogical approach known as SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environments with Upside-down Pedagogies) for the past 15 years, and the “standard” lecture format has essentially been eliminated. He is currently helping the Physics Institute at the UvA in Amsterdam to train their staff and students in this method, and we are honored that he is willing to share his ideas with the Leiden University Faculty of Science too.

Would you like your students to be more active in your lectures? Get inspired by Jerry Feldman and please sign up here.

Programme 24 May Time
Introduction 13:15 - 14:00 hrs
Workshop 14:15 - 16:00 hrs
Drinks 16:00 hrs

We will start with an introduction (open for all), followed by an active-engagement experience.  The focus will be on the in-class delivery of the exercises and the pedagogical value of the collaborative activities, and the topics of these examples will cover a broad array of disciplines. Our primary objective is to have participants experience the activities from the student perspective, since that is the best way to perceive the benefits of interactive engagement. Also, there will be time for questions and discussions, which are encouraged in an active-learning environment.

In the end, the aim of the workshop is to provide a clear and impactful example of the dynamic atmosphere that can prevail in a classroom that is conducted using a collaborative group-learning approach. We encourage all teaching staff and teaching assistants in the Faculty of Science to take part in this workshop.

[1]  L.C. McDermott, Physics Education Research – The Key to Student Learning, American Journal of Physics 69 (2001) 1127-1137.
[2]  E. Mazur, Farewell, Lecture?, Science 323 (2009) 50-51.
[3]  L. Deslauriers, E. Schelew and C. Wieman, Improved Learning in a Large Enrollment Physics Class, Science 332 (2011) 862-864.
[4]  J. Mervis, Transformation is Possible if a University Really Cares, Science 340 (2013) 292-296.

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