Faculty Seminar - I
Seminar Title: Active Learning Practices in Higher Education Settings
Abstract: In recent decades, higher education teaching has been enhancing their teaching methods to engage students in a more meaningful way in their learning processes. Instead of content-delivery with a teacher-centered classroom, educators have shifted the focus of their instruction more towards learner-centered methods. Active Learning (AL) has been a crucial part of this reformation and shown to improve students' learning across different disciplines (Freeman et al, 2014). In this talk, I will discuss the benefits of using AL methods both for faculty and students and how to effectively incorporate these methods into classroom via creating an equitable student experience and participation.
Short bio + Research lines: Dr. Z. Yasemin Kalender is an Assistant Director of Science Education at Harvard University and an upcoming Assistant Professor at the Physics and Astronomy Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology doing physics education research. Dr. Kalender's overarching research interests are in studying diversity issues in the physics discipline, investigating motivational characteristics of students, and incorporating mixed method and big data analysis techniques into the area of physics education research. Her current research lines are student motivation, equity and diversity in physics at all levels, group work in lectures and lab courses, sense of agency in hands on learning spaces, and graduate teaching assistants' views and teacher identities.