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    STEP - Peer Instruction: an introductory workshop
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    The session will include some theoretical background, but will focus on the “how-to” of Peer Instruction, with practical strategies, software tools, and potential pitfalls. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own resources during the session.

Duration 2 hours 30 mins

Course Type Workshop

Booking Status Waiting List

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Target Audience: Staff involved in delivering undergraduate teaching in the form of lectures.

Peer Instruction is an educational technique that puts students at the centre of the learning process. It is a modification of a flipped classroom that challenges students with conceptual tests, which are solved alone and then in small group discussion. Staff can use web-based polling tools such as mentimeter.com to measure student responses. The method is both quick and effective, and can dramatically enhance student understanding and knowledge retention when used as part of a traditional lecture. Students gain the same benefits as an interactive tutorial, but Peer Instruction can benefit every participant in a very large group.

 

This session is run by Patrick Thomson, a teaching staff member in the department of Pure & Applied Chemistry, who has been using Peer Instruction in his own lectures for a number of years.

Further details can be found in this  SPELT case study. The session will include some theoretical background, but will focus on the “how-to” of Peer Instruction, with practical strategies, software tools, and potential pitfalls. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own resources during the session. All participants will need to bring a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer to be able to participate fully in the session activity. 

 


Outcomes/Objectives:

  • Understand the pros and cons of traditional lecturing and active learning
  • Understand what makes a good conceptual question
  • Create your own Peer Instruction activity


Delivered By: The Faculty of Science (Patrick Thomson) and the Organisational and Staff Development Unit (Kathleen Savage)

Prerequisites

This event is part of the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Programme (STEP). This is a unique development programme aimed at traditional academic and teaching staff, and relevant to all staff engaged in teaching.

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CANCELLATION POLICY When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above. *This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking. **Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.

Cancellation Policy

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* to your department if you cancel within 5** working days or you do not attend, and a £25 charge for cancellations/ non-attendance between 6 and 10 working days. There will be no charge for cancellation made 10 or more working days before the event. Notifications should be made to OSDU@strath.ac.uk

A department is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary pre-requisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you must attend ALL parts of the course. If you fail to attend any part you will be charged as outlined above.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of course of 1 days duration or less. For some courses there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

**Any bookings made within 10 days of the event will incur the charges as specified.