University of South Florida
College of Arts and Sciences
Title: How do we make our classrooms go viral?
Speaker: David Kephart
Place: ISA 3048
Research beginning as early as 1995 suggest positive gains for learners in and out of school in a new, Web-based medium. In recent studies, including one right here at USF, it is suggested that online learning resources improve overall student persistence by motivating the help-seeking behavior vital to involvement. The latest Web technology holds out the promise that the heavy design demands characteristic of online instruction may be alleviated by the use of synchronous (i.e., live) interaction on any device. We take a look at the possibilities and how this verifies and extends the picture of how successful teaching (that is, learning and learning how to learn) takes place.
Title: Integrating Theater Techniques into the Lecture Hall Presentation
Speaker: Dave Snyder
Place: ISA 3048
Without a doubt the intellectual significance of educational material imparted through the classroom lecture far surpasses that of the theatrical stage. But a familiarity with the thespian's trade secrets, such as upstaging, audience engagement, projection, and directed focus will enhance the exposition process.
Title: The Academically Adrift Controversy
Speaker: Greg McColm
Place: NES 108
The 2011 study, Academically Adrift, and its 2012 follow-up suggested that many students fail to develop higher level cognitive skills in college. While flawed, this study raised issues different from — and in some ways orthogonal to — the usual issues in education reform these datsy. We look at the background, context, the study, and some reactions and implications.