The first session of the FFP Brown Bag Series was held on November 1st and focused on “Promoting Effective Teaching in Higher Education: From Good to Great!”
Engaging all students in learning is a central goal for any university course. However, all too frequently, the same few students dominate class discussions while the rest of the class sits in silence. As instructors seeking to design effective learning environments, we must consider: How can we create learning spaces that promote full participation for all students?
Presenter and FFP Laura Hamman, PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction, shared some techniques for designing instructional activities that engage all learners, including gallery walks, stand and deliver, go to your corner, write-pair-shares, chalkboard splashes, jigsaws, numbered heads together, and more! The first half of this session included a presentation and modeling of some of these techniques (with whole group participation!). Then, participants had the opportunity to discuss potential applications to their own courses and ask questions.