Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor
Active learning helps students retain and understand the course material more. However, active learning comes in many shapes and forms. To succeed in a science research environment, students must be able to critically think and analyze information daily. Traditional undergraduate exam questions do not cause students to think about the material in a critical way, or at least to the degree that would better prepare them to thrive in a research setting. Leading teaching sessions that include critical thinking invoking questions is a great way to get students to think about the material in a way they are not used to. It serves a few purposes aside from the obvious. 1) Students become much more engaged with the material because they see it as a “challenge” to answer the questions and begin competing with themselves. 2) It increases their confidence. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce other instructors to this method of teaching.