Workshop for New Graduate Teaching Assistants. Helping Undergraduates Learn: The “Sage on the Stage” and Alternatives. John F. Schmitt Associate Dean The Graduate School. OUR TOPICS. Lecturing Collaborative Learning. LECTURING--the “Sage on the Stage”. LECTURING.
John F. Schmitt
The Graduate School
More than 50% of professors and GTAs report that “extensive lecturing” is still the primary instructional method they use
Great teachers stimulate active--not passive--learning, and they encourage students to be critical, creative thinkers, with the capacity to go on learning after their college days are over.[adapted from Boyer, E. (1990). Scholarship Reconsidered.]
- current undergraduates were raised on Nintendo, MTV, AOL, laptops, Internet, etc.
- using multimedia may be a more familiar, flexible and effective way for them to learn than sitting in huge classes
Collaborative learning facilitates the educational process by “helping students converse with increasing facility in the language of the communities they want to join.”
[Bruffee, K.A. (1993). Collaborative Learning.]
-take turns asking/answering questions
- instructor engages in “MBWA”
- SIG better exam results for learning cell vs. lecture
Of all the teaching techniques, it has shown the highest increase in usage by faculty and GTAs over the last 7 years