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Pursuing an Academic Career Virtual Event Series

Interactive Teaching: January 21, 2011

Richard Yuretich leads a session on keeping seminars lively and engaging, at the 2007 workshop for Early Career Faculty in the Geosciences. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Note: This event has already taken place. See the References and Resources section below for the presentation and resources from this virtual event.

3 pm Eastern| 2 pm Central| 1 pm Mountain |12 pm Pacific (1.5 hrs)

Leaders: Rachel Beane and Heather Macdonald

Registration deadline: January 17, 2011

This virtual event focuses on incorporating interactive teaching into lectures and labs as a means to engage students in their learning. Interactive teaching involves students in short individual, pair, or small-group activities. These type of activities help to keep students' attention focused, give all students the opportunity to practice and reflect, and are shown to increase student retention of the material. Interactive teaching also provides immediate feedback on what students are understanding and what misconceptions they may have. For this virtual event, we will discuss examples of Think-Pair-Share, Concept Map, Gallery Walk, and Jigsaw interactive teaching techniques. We hope you will join us!

Jump down to: References, resources, and the presentation from this virtual event

Goals for participants are to:

Time - 3 pm Eastern | 2 pm Central | 1 pm Mountain | 12 pm Pacific
Duration - 1.5 hours
Format - Online web presentation via Elluminate web conference software with questions and discussion. Participants will receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event.
Registration - There is no registration fee, but registration is required to save a space. Space is limited to 25, so please be sure you can commit before registering. Registration closes when the spaces fill or January 17, 2011, whichever comes first. Please complete the registration form if you are interested and able to participate.
Preparation - To prepare for this virtual event, please watch this 2.5 minute video clip of the Think-Pair-Share method in action. As you watch, please consider How does the faculty organize the activity? and What are the students doing during the activity?

Please email Rachel Beane (rbeane AT if you have any questions about this event or Monica Bruckner (mbruckne AT if you have technical questions.


Rachel Beane is an Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College where she has been on the faculty since 1998 and served as department chair. She has been a co-leader for On the Cutting Edge Early Career, Career Prep, and Pursuing an Academic Career workshops. Her introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses emphasize field- and instrument-based laboratories and writing, and incorporate interactive teaching activities and authentic research projects. Her research interests include convergent margin processes, ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism, and microstructural studies using electron backscatter diffraction.

Heather Macdonald is a Professor of Geology at the College of William and Mary where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She has served as department chair, as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and as co-director of the undergraduate marine science minor. In addition to her undergraduate courses, she also teaches courses for graduate students on college teaching and college science teaching.

References and Resources

Watch the ScreenCast (Flash Video 109.8MB Feb2 11)
of this event

Interactive Teaching Presentation (Acrobat (PDF) 11.9MB Jan21 11) -by Rachel Beane and Heather Macdonald, slides presented at the January 21 virtual event.

Teaching Methods
The "what, why, and how" to use interactive teaching methods in your classroom or lab with references, resources, and a set of example activities:
Other Resources and Opportunities

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