Giving students the chance to debate and work together on problem-solving tasks can be a great way to rapidly increase engagement in the lecture hall and help prevent weaker students from falling behind.
On Tuesday 9 April, a panel of academics from University College London discussed how universities can create a much more collaborative and exciting learning experience to truly inspire to learn and stoke the creative fires of tomorrow’s problem solvers.
The webinar is hosted by Echo360 and Dr Perry Samson, head of teaching innovation at the University of Michigan.
Introducing the panel:
- Prof Andrea Townsend-Nicholson has had a scientific career that has taken her from Canada to the UK via France and Australia. She joined the academic staff of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at UCL in 2001. Her research is targeted at the development of personalised medicine and the building of a virtual human to help achieve this and her teaching centres on research-based education and bridging the digital skills gap, with a particular focus on the development and implementation of technology-based platforms with which others can facilitate their own academic work.
- Prof John Mitchell has been lecturing at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL since 2000, becoming professor in 2016. He is also vice dean (education) in the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He has a strong interest in improving engineering education, with a particular focus on introducing student-centred techniques. From 2012 he led the development of the Integrated Engineering Programme at UCL which implemented active learning techniques, including problem-based learning across eight departments in the faculty. He recently became editor-in-chief of the engineering journal IEEE Transactions on Education.
- Dr Parama Chaudhury, PFHEA is a principal teaching fellow and director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics at UCL. She has previously taught at Dartmouth College, Yale University and Oxford University and is on the Teaching and Learning Committee of the CORE project, which works with global partners to develop free, online and multimedia resources for teaching introductory economics.