Ben Wiggins’ session took place during Course Hero’s 2020 virtual Education Summit as a part of the Professional Development and Well-Being track.
Manager of Instruction,University of Washington
PhD in Learning Sciences, MS in Molecular and Cellular Biology, BS in Biochemistry
Session Title:What Do I Do with THIS? Revamping Inherited Teaching Materials
Presenter: Benjamin Wiggins, Manager of Instruction, University of Washington
Date and Time: Friday, July 31st, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
Format: Interactive Workshop
Session Details: It is completely normal to be overwhelmed by the logistical difficulties of giving traditional written exams in an online environment. Here we’ll examine alternative methods to achieving career-relevant learning on exams in ways that can rise above tradition and motivate students to engage more deeply in your class. We’ll come from a STEM perspective, but the Learning Sciences framing will hopefully be useful to all. Participants in the workshop will frame the challenges faced by their students through the education principles of alignment and sociocultural learning, pick from a toolkit of short-term changes that may improve the exam experience, and assess longer-term avenues for larger assessments changes that may be appropriate for particular courses.