Breakout sessions A & B:
Overcoming student passivity: Just-in-Time Teaching...

Breakout sessions A & B:
Overcoming student passivity: Just-in-Time Teaching in college science and mathematics classes

Saturday, October 11, 2003
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Presenter:
Andrew D. Gavrin, Associate Professor of Physics- Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis

Many faculty members know that students learn more if they are actively engages in the classroom, rather than passive "note takers." Unfortunately, many students do not seem to want to go along. Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is one method that can be used to overcome passivity and encourage students to become more active learners. Originally developed for introductory physics, JiTT has now been adapted to a wide range of subjects and levels, and it is in use by over 100 faculty members at dozens of institutions world wide. This workshop will review the basic principles of JiTT, then focus on specific methods for engaging students in class. The major emphasis will be on constructing and using "WarmUp Exercises," open-ended, conceptual questions delivered to students online.