Professor Robert J. Beichner
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, North Carolina State University
Changing pedagogies and technologies for today's students
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Date: Monday 31, October
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
Venue: AIBN Seminar Room (Building 75)
Tea and coffee will be available on arrival 9:30am–10:00am
Morning tea will be served 11:00am–11:30am
Our students have very different experiences and expectations compared to students of only a decade ago. Changing demographics and the ubiquitous nature of information technology should cause us to rethink what we do in our classrooms. During this talk I will discuss how students have changed, how technology is changing the purpose of formal education, and how we as educators should respond.
Professor Robert J. Beichner’s research focuses on increasing our understanding of student learning, with particular emphasis on physics education. He is perhaps best known for his work in small group learning activities applied to large classes. His current biggest project is SCALE-UP: Student-Centred Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs. He has written a top-selling introductory calculus-based physics book and, in 2010, was named National Undergraduate Science Teacher of the Year in the USA.