New ways to teach neuroscience: integrating two teaching styles with two instructional technologies | Academic Article individual record
abstract

This report describes an experiment in teaching neuroscience that integrates two teaching styles and two educational technologies: (1) Two-way digitally compressed televideo, used for lecture/discussion simultaneously with on-site and remote students; (2) Asynchronous computer conferencing, used to complement the class periods with student interactions and teacher feedback; (3) Team (collaborative) learning, conducted in the conferencing environment; (4) Assignment activities, both for individual and learning teams. Each week, each student in a learning team submitted in the on-line conference two insightful questions (Q), based on the lecture and readings. The student then tried to provide a good answer (A) for each question. Then, each group member critiqued and ranked the Q and As from each other member of the group, with the aim of identifying a candidate 'Best Q & A of the Weak', which the group members subsequently refined and submitted for a group grade. Students gave high ratings to the course in general and to the team learning, conferencing, and assignment activities. The experience improved the teacher's attitude and enthusiasm for teaching.

author list (cited authors)
Klemm, W. R.
publication date
1998
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