Recognising the long overdue need to revamp science teaching at higher educational levels, IndiaBioscience organised a visit by Teri Balser at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) on 1 February, 2016. Starting with a talk on “Teaching as if learning mattered”, she talked about the misalignment of traditional higher education methods with modern educational needs. She made the case that college teachers should go beyond content when planning their classes. Even with the primary constraints of large class sizes and the vast syllabus that needs to be covered, college teachers in India can have a tangible impact on student learning.
This was followed by an interactive workshop in the afternoon, “Undergraduate teaching: starting off on the right foot”. Starting with “What is teaching” and “What makes someone good at it”, she went on to discuss the four domains of classroom teaching: curation, oration, facilitation and evaluation. To effectively result in student learning, teachers need to engage all four dimensions.
The second session (morning of 4 February, 2016 at NCBS) is an opportunity for participants to reinforce strategies introduced in on February 1st — creating a template for a class, utilizing the four dimensions of teaching.
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