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Improvements from a Flipped Classroom May Simply Be the Fruits of Active Learning (link)

Improvements from a Flipped Classroom May Simply Be the Fruits of Active Learning

Recent paper out by Jamie L. Jensen, Tyler A. Kummer, and Patricia D. d. M. Godoy which talks about active learning environments and flipped classrooms.  I can dig it.  I’ve been thinking about this for years – is it that better teachers are doing the flipped classroom and that’s why we see a boom of productivity, or is it really the method itself?  The following article makes it seem like the direction of instruction (if you will) isn’t as important as having an active learning environment.

Click here to be linked to the article! 

Anyone have any objections or issues with their methods?

Resources for writing good clicker questions to promote discussion (links!)

I was recently approached to join a team writing ‘discussion-promoting clicker questions and activities’ for a new microbiology textbook.  It sounded like a fantastic opportunity, so I jumped on it.  Getting in some practice now will undoubtedly make me a better instructor when I land a job.

I did some digging around the internet and found the following links to read through.  I won’t feign that I have any expertise in the field (yet), so I’ll just be posting the links here as a repository for myself and anyone else looking to improve their clicker questions beyond low-level memorization questions.

So, here we go:

“Writing Good Clicker Questions” – from Wisconsin Madison (not much detailed explanation here, but some links to iClicker training videos)
Video:  “Writing Great Clicker Questions for Science Courses” by Matt Evans (see “recorded sessions” on the left)
UW-Milwaukee’s “Getting started” page
“Writing Effective Clicker Questions” from the University of Iowa
A nice guide from the University of Colorado system – “Clicker Resource Guide”
“Writing Great Clicker Questions” by Dr. Stephanie Chasteen find her at @sciencegeekgirl on Twitter
“How can you make a “good” clicker question GREAT?” by Dr. Stephanie Chasteen (again)
“Opening your eyes to new types of clicker questions” by Dr. Stephanie Chasteen (again again)

Lots of good links from the Colorado schools, I hope I can find someone to work with out there!

Did I miss any good information/links? Let me know here or on my Twitter and I’ll continue to update this page.

Guest Lecturing on Microbial Genomics (450 student class)

I have been trying to get more experience with big classes so I volunteered to teach the microbial genomics lecture of the Introductory Microbiology (MMG301) class at MSU.  450 students enrolled in the class and I got my first taste of teaching with Camtasia (something I’ve wanted to learn for a while).  Some students after came up and had some deeper questions about certain topics and several told me that I did well.  Always good to hear!

Just a short post today, off to bury myself in more…microbial genomics!

Sorry that it's blurry, but it helps avoid privacy issues for "my" students.
Sorry that it’s blurry, but it helps avoid privacy issues for “my” students.

DuVall graduate award recipient

In recognition of my contributions to the MSU MMG department (namely during my time running the graduate student workshop and my years as MMG’s recruiting officer), teaching/outreach, and general awesomeness I was chosen to receive the DuVall award from MSU and the DuVall family.

The award itself is quite an honor,  and I’m very glad to receive it.  It isn’t often that scholarships like these are given out for non-science achievements, and to see my extracurricular activities being appreciated is quite rewarding.

So, thanks to the DuVall family, MSU, and my bosses Dr. Reguera and Dr. Kashefi (pictured) for everything.

And a reward for you, my dear readers…a picture of me looking doofy in front of a crowd of MSU friends, colleagues, and faculty: