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College of Science & Mathematics

Learn to Flip a Classroom and Peer Instruction

Date: April 12, 2013


College of Science and Mathematics Faculty Development Series 

This event is hosted and organized by CSM and opened to all interested Rowan faculty. 

Facilitator: Dr. Julie Schell, Senior Research Associate from the Mazur Group at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Science

Workshop #1

An introduction to the flipped classroom

Instructors all over the globe are turning their students' worlds around by flipping their classrooms. In a flipped class, teachers move information coverage out of the lecture hall so that they can better leverage in-class time to address student difficulties and misconceptions. In this interactive session, Dr. Julie Schell will flip the workshop by providing brief introductory, pre-workshop activities to participants. During the workshop, she will discuss the why, what, and how of flipped classrooms by confronting and resolving a series of common myths about flipped teaching. Participants will have an opportunity to share ways in which they have flipped their own classes and learn about two research-based tools to facilitate flipping. (1 hour 15 min.)

Dr. Schell will be flipping the workshop. If you plan to attend this workshop, please spend 10 minutes preparing by completing the registration form at

Workshop #2

Peer Instruction 2.0

Peer Instruction (PI) is a research-based, interactive teaching method that helps instructors engage students in and out of class.  The centerpiece of Peer Instruction is the ConcepTest, a short conceptual question that helps elicit, uncover and resolve student misconceptions.  "Turn to your neighbor" is the classic catch phrase of PI methodology, whereby after a brief mini-lecture in class, teachers encourage students to think about a question, vote on their answer, and then turn to their neighbor to engage, rather than sit passively in a lecture.  In this presentation, we examine three big, open questions frequently posed by Peer Instruction users:

o   How do I group students with neighbors to maximize effective conversations?

o   Should I ask my students to vote first, before turning to their neighbor to discuss?

o   Should I show or tell my students the results of the answer polls before I cue them to turn to their neighbors?

Find out what the experts say and try out their advice in your own classroom.  Dr. Julie Schell with facilitate this workshop using a new Classroom Response System called Learning Catalytics, developed at Harvard University.  (1 hour)


Location: Campbell Library Rm 226