An open lecture session will introduce some foundational techniques for teaching in the classroom, such as starting a class by ensuring everyone knows the learning objectives, or asking students to join discussions, which can be problematic when teaching online. In this lecture we will analyze why some “tried and true” approaches to in-person teaching don’t work well online, while some lesser-used teaching approaches can be tremendously effective. Part of the good news is that you don’t need an expensive setup or a video editing crew to teach well online—in fact, courses that you yourself create as an instructor, using simple, inexpensive equipment and your own teaching insights, can exceed courses created by top-tier educational professionals.
Dr. Oakley, creator of some of the world’s most popular online courses, will show you how online teaching can allow for easier and better ways to attract and maintain student attention than face-to-face classes. She will also cover practical apps that can further enhance your online instruction. Online teaching is a critical infrastructure for society that helps countries succeed even during difficult times—in this workshop, you will gain a new, neuroscience-based framework for understanding why online teaching is so important—and how you can do it well.
Barbara Ann Oakley is a Distinguished professor of engineering at Oakland University and McMaster University. She is an author of many books such as A Mind for Numbers, Learn Like a Pro Science-Based Tools to Become Better at Anything, Mindshift; Break Through Obstacles to Learning, Practicing Sustainability and Discover Your Hidden Potential and Uncommon Sense Teaching. In addition, prof Oakley is the creator and co-instructor of one of the world’s largest massive open online courses, Learning How to Learn, on Coursera.
The limit for the number of participants at the lecture is 90 people.