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Below is a list of faculty members that use various teaching practices that you may wish to observe and adopt in your courses. Course information, faculty contact information, teaching approaches, and other relevant information is listed below for each course.

Julia Kregenow : jmk50@psu.edu

Astronomy 006

GN course for non-science majors

77 students; MWF 10:10-11:00am; 102 Thomas, Dates to avoid (midterm exam): Mon Apr 21

Approaches: color voting cards (low-tech for clickers), in-class worksheets done in small groups, drawing names randomly from hat to get democratic random sampling of participation, occasional minute papers, think-pair-share small group discussions in class, lots of images and animations shown in lecture.

 

Christopher Palma (cpalma@astro.psu.edu)

Astronomy 001 Sec 2 AND Sec 3

GN course for non-science majors,

Sec 2: 110 students; TR 2:30-3:45pm; 026 Hosler

Sec 3: 56 students; TR 9:45-11:00am; 358 Willard

Dates to avoid: Contact professor (cpalma@cpalma@astro.psu.edu)

Approaches: color voting cards (low-tech for clickers), think-pair-share small group discussions in class, lots of images and animations shown in lecture.

 

Jennelle Malcos (jlh608@psu.edu)

BIOL141 - Introductory Physiology (700 students)

MWF 9:05-9:55 in 100 Thomas

Approaches: “I use clickers and interactive worksheets with the help of 15 Learning Assistants.  Worksheets are not every class, so if that is a major goal, faculty can email me and I can give them dates of worksheets coming up.”

 

Jennelle Malcos (jlh608@psu.edu)

BIOL129 - Mammalian Anatomy (350 Students)

TR 12:12-1:10 in 119 Osmond

Approaches: “I use interactive activities (no clickers, but discussion questions and worksheets) with the help of 8 LAs.  The remaining in-class exam in April 3 (date to avoid)”

 

John Waters (jrw8@psu.edu)

BIOL 240 - Function and Development of Plants and Animals (~600 students)

MWF 10:10-11:00 in 100 Thomas

Approaches: “I use interactive activities (no clickers, but discussion questions and worksheets) with the help of 14 Learning Assistants (LAs).  I don't have an LA led activity in every class, so if that is a major goal, faculty can email me and I can give them dates to come by week by week.”

 

Tom Mallouk (tem5@psu.edu)

BMB401 - General Biochemistry I - Approx. 110 students

T R 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM                                          

117 Osmond Lab                                                       

Approaches: LAs and Clickers.

 

Mitch Holland, (mmh20@psu.edu)

FRNSC 421W

Lab-intensive course (8 hours per week), with 14 students

Best time to see active learning in class is Friday's 10:10-11:00 in 10 Life Sciences (11 April)

Approaches: Peer discussion and clickers

 

Doug Cowen (cowen@phys.psu.edu)

PHYS 211 (large lecture introductory course)

MF 10:10 or 11:15 am in Osmond 119

Approaches: clickers with peer discussion and LAs

 

Stephen Van Hook (sjv11@psu.edu)

PHYS 212 (large lecture introductory course)

TR 9:05, 10:10, 11:15 am in Osmond 119

Approaches: clickers with peer discussion and LAs

 

Miguel Mostafa (mam1264@psu.edu)

PHYS 212H (small Honors course)

M 11:15-1:10 in Osmond 306

Approaches: clickers

 

Kate Masters (kmm14@psu.edu)

Chem 202

108 Forum on Mon/Wed/Fri  at 1:25 pm

Approaches: Group activities and LAs

 

Jim Hager (jah14@psu.edu)

Math 110 - Calculus

MWF, 11:15-12:05 (121 Sparks), 12:20-1:10 (10 Sparks)

Approaches: Doceri, A Little Calculus, Clickers, WebAssign

 

David Zach (dkz105@psu.edu)

Math 34 - Mathematics of Money

MWF, 9:05 - 9:55 (102 Thomas), 4:40 - 5:30 (102 Thomas)

Approaches: Doceri, Clickers

 

Cheryl Hile (cvh11@psu.edu)

Math 220 - Linear Algebra

TTh: 11:15 - 12:05 (109 Osmond Lab), TTh: 10:10 - 11:00 (111 Wartik Lab)

Approaches: Doceri, Clickers

 

David Little (dlittle@math.psu.edu)

Math 141

MWF: 8:00-8:50 (106 Osmond), MWF: 1:25-2:15 (110 Osmond)

Approaches: Clickers, A Little Calculus

 

Faculty members who wish to attend a middle/high school visit to a science classrooms and see life in that teaching environment may contact Bill Carlsen, wcarlsen@psu.edu.

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