Event details

14:00-15:00 in room 151, Royal School of Mines (tea/coffee available from 13:45)

Download Cynthia Heiner's slides

Professor Alan Spivey, Assistant Provost (learning and teaching), will be giving an update on Learning and Teaching Strategy progress, activities and events. Alan will also be running a short Q&A session – if you have any questions on Curriculum Review or Pedagogy Transformation, please do come along and ask them.

Following Alan, Dr Cynthia Heiner will join us to talk about convincing students to be active in active learning.


Active learning: how to get students on board

Dr Cynthia Heiner

Research indicates that students learn more in an active learning environment. The learner must make sense of new knowledge and build it into their existing understanding; this is something the instructor cannot do for them.  Thus, active learning methods require students to exert more effort in class. In this talk Cynthia Heiner will focus on ways to help you motivate your students to participate and join in the active classroom, ensuring that everyone gets the most out of their time together.

Cynthia Heiner is a physics education researcher who worked at the University of British Columbia’s Science Education Initiative. Cynthia is now working with Imperial College on our Learning and Teaching Strategy to help implement research-based pedagogies in science courses.