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Sean McTavish (Mechanical and Aerospace) Ali Etemad (Systems and Computers). R eaching out to your audience. Motivation. Classrooms are very diverse and students learn in a number of ways We can be more effective as educators by using approaches that can reach a broad audience.

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  • Classrooms are very diverse and students learn in a number of ways
  • We can be more effective as educators by using approaches that can reach a broad audience
  • Icebreaker
  • Ways that students learn
  • Approaches to reach your audience
  • Ways to organise lectures and discussion groups
ice breaker
Ice Breaker
  • Place yourselves in groups
  • Introduce yourselves, the department that you’re from, and one teaching approach that you’ve found to be effective.
  • Choose one approach and share with the entire audience
some ways that students learn
Some ways that students learn*
  • Through their senses
    • Visually: Slides, props, videos, etc.
    • Verbally (auditory): Listening to the lecture, reading back notes, etc.
    • Kinaesthetic (Hands-on): Props, activities
some ways that students learn1
Some ways that students learn…


  • Having an experience
  • Reviewing the experience
  • Concluding from the experience
  • Planning the next steps
some ways that students learn2
Some ways that students learn…

Context in which the material is given

  • Sequential Learning
  • Global Learning

R.M. Felder, L.K. Silverman "Learning and Teaching Styles: In Engineering Education," Engr. Education, 78(7), 674-681 (1988)

ways to reach an audience
Ways to reach an audience
  • Understand that everyone learns differently and responds differently
  • Integrate a broad range of approaches in a single lesson
    • Graphics, charts, images
    • Handouts with extra content, include white space for student notes
    • Describe what is about to be taught and what has been taught
    • Include group activities drawing the students into the learning process
ways to reach an audience1
Ways to reach an audience
  • Balance individual steps with the bigger picture
    • Gradually progress from the basics to ever more complicated problems
    • Present the big picture before proceeding with the steps
    • Involve problems which require creative or alternative solutions
designing a lecture
Designing a lecture
  • Lectures typically have a more formal tone
  • Areas to consider:
    • What is the nature of the material?
      • Does it lend itself to figures, models, props?
    • How will you present the material?
      • Board, overhead, or Powerpoint?
    • How do you intend on incorporating participation?
    • How can you incorporate the big picture?
      • Videos, images, current events?
working in small groups
Working in small groups
  • Often of a more informal nature
    • Discussion groups, PA sessions, labs, office hours
  • What kind of visual tools do you have?
    • Can they add depth or understanding?
  • What experiences can you draw on?
lesson development
Lesson Development
  • In groups, come up with an example of a lesson that you had difficulty learning from (5 minutes).
  • Develop a teaching strategy (10 minutes)
    • How would you improve the lesson?
    • What teaching approaches could you incorporate?
  • Share
    • What was goal of the original lesson?
    • How does your strategy improve upon the original?
    • What specific strategies did you choose?
  • Understand and be aware of how students learn
  • Try to reach as many students as possible using a wide range of educational approaches