November 2, 2009 — Using interactive learning in the classroom is one approach that helps engage students in lecture courses, leaving faculty time for their research, according to Diane O'Dowd, professor of developmental and cell biology, anatomy and neurobiology at the University of California-Irvine. She will discuss "Strategies for Engaging Undergraduates in Large Classes Without Sinking Your Research Career" on Thursday from 3-5 p.m., with a reception to follow in Maury Hall, Room 209.
O'Dowd cites numerous studies that "have shown that an approach to science instruction that emphasizes student participation and inquiry-based activities leads to better conceptual understanding and problem-solving abilities, increased student retention and improved classroom attendance."
"In this seminar I will discuss strategies for implementing interactive learning in large courses, while balancing the demands of establishing or maintaining a vigorous research program," she said.
Her talk is sponsored by the Department of Biology and the Teaching Resource Center.