FIRST II Workshop
2:00 pm Introduction to ConcepTests
2:30 pm Video: "Thinking together: Collaborative learning in science." Derek Bok Center (producer). (1992). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. 18 minutes.
Synopsis: Collaborative learning stresses active learning and allows students to work with one another in class and master difficult material by pooling their intellectual resources. This technique increases their understanding of concepts and engenders more confidence in their work. The video presents three models of collaborative learning currently used in Harvard science classrooms and shows students actively involved in discussing problems and devising solutions with the help of their instructor.
3:00 pm Small group discussion (by teams): Development of ConcepTest questions for your classes
4:00 pm Classroom visit scheduling, other business
4:30 pm Dinner
6:00 pm "Our Experience with ConcepTests," Minou Spradley, City College
7:00 pm Group sharing and surveys: informal presentations on active strategies team members have used in their classrooms - what worked and what didn't
9:00 pm Adjourn
8:00 am Breakfast and Journal Club - Informal discussion of Crouch, C. H. and Mazur, E., 2001, Peer Instruction: Ten Years of Experience and Results. American Journal of Physics, 69(9), 970-977. (see attachment)
9:00 am Group sharing and testing of ConcepTests
10:30 am "Introduction to Semantica Education: Semantic networking with the best practices of knowledge management" - Kathleen Fisher, SDSU
11:30 am Future plans and strategies for the classroom and working in institution teams
12:30 pm Adjourn