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Peer Instruction (hands-on workshop)

Date: Friday April 12, 2013
Location:Rouss & Robertson Hall, Room 403

For additional workshop details, please click here.



The basic goals of Peer Instruction are to encourage and make use of student interaction during lectures, while focusing students’ attention on underlying concepts and techniques. The method has been assessed in many studies using standardized, diagnostic tests and shown to be considerably more effective than the conventional lecture approach to teaching. Peer Instruction is now used in a wide range of science and math courses at the college and secondary level. In this 2-3 hour long workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the “class” in which Peer Instruction is demonstrated, discuss several models for implementing the technique into the classroom, and learn about available teaching resources.


In order to get the most benefit out of the workshop on Peer Instruction, Eric asks that you complete the following brief assignments before coming to the workshop.

If you do not plan to attend Eric’s talk on the Tyranny of the Lecture on April 11, please either read this paper or watch this video (1h20m).

Ask yourself in which of the courses you are (or will be) teaching you could implement Peer Instruction. If you were to implement PI, what are the most burning questions you have about implementation? Write those questions down and bring them to the workshop so Eric can address them.

During the workshop, Eric will be using Learning Catalytics, an assessment platform that uses consumer devices, and he is asking you to please bring a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or any device that can access the web. Because of limited time, he asks that you create a Learning Catalytics instructor account prior to the session. To do so:

Point your browser to

Click ‘Create instructor account’ and fill out the resulting form.

Logging in with your instructor account on a mobile device will automatically place you into student mode so that you can participate in the demo as a “student”; if you bring a laptop to the demo, then click the “Student view” button to switch to student mode after logging in.

After the talk, you’ll have full access to use Learning Catalytics as an instructor—you’ll be able to create questions, build modules, and test things out in student mode. When you are ready to try things out with your students, you can generate a set of 30-day trial student licenses to use in class.

Sponsored by the Page-Barbour Lecture Series and the Teaching Resource Center

For additional details, and to Register, please click here.

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