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Session A11

8th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

10 Small Ideas That Can Make Large Impacts in Lecture & Lab

Susan E. Tappen, MS, NTP (CNM/MSE/Biology & Biotechnology) 

Sandia, 10:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Over time, faculty try various ideas to improve student focus, retention of material, perform assessments, and promote student self-responsibility. Some are too hard or take too much valuable class time, or take too much prep by the instructor with too little return. In this information session, 10 tried-and-true simple ideas from Susan Tappen’s Biology courses will be presented that can be easily implemented in almost any content-heavy lecture or lab. Ideas that will be shared include Susan’s “GradeSheet,” which increases student self-assessment and self-responsibility while eliminating the constant question of “how am I doing” and “what’s my grade.” Also presented is the One-on-One Practical, which can reveal underlying problems in understanding basic concepts. Time will be provided for faculty to share additional tips and ideas, as well as brainstorming how to implement some of these ideas in their own classes. Handouts will be provided to take home. 

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