Proposal Title

How to Make Classes, Tutorials and Lab Manuals Stretch Further-A Look at Echo 360!

Session Type

Presentation

Room

PAB 148

Start Date

9-7-2013 4:00 PM

Keywords

General Chemistry, teaching tool, technology, recording, Echo 360, multiple uses

Primary Threads

Education Technologies and Innovative Resources

Abstract

Students today often find first year university to be a vastly different experience than high school. Lectures move at a frightening pace and chapters are finished before students have had a chance to open the book. Students are playing catch-up and hence tutorial sessions are often not as helpful as we might like them to be. If students have not absorbed the material from a previous chapter sufficiently to be able to do problems, they will likely not attend a tutorial on problem-solving for the next chapter. As instructors, if we fall behind, we feel as if we are disadvantaging students, yet if we go ahead, we are not helping them learn. How can we address this perennial dichotomy? One useful tool is Echo 360. It provides a method to record class sessions, tutorial sessions, and even allows for the upload of small sessions of 5-10 min. Echo 360 allows students to view or review material at their OWN pace and to study problem-solving when they are ready to do so. It also allows instructors to provide just in time teaching (JITT) sessions to students on an as-needed basis. In this session, I will discuss some of the ways Echo 360 has been used at the University of Ottawa in general, and in particular in teaching introductory chemistry. The session will be interactive with plenty of occasion for discussion and questions.

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How to Make Classes, Tutorials and Lab Manuals Stretch Further-A Look at Echo 360!

PAB 148

Students today often find first year university to be a vastly different experience than high school. Lectures move at a frightening pace and chapters are finished before students have had a chance to open the book. Students are playing catch-up and hence tutorial sessions are often not as helpful as we might like them to be. If students have not absorbed the material from a previous chapter sufficiently to be able to do problems, they will likely not attend a tutorial on problem-solving for the next chapter. As instructors, if we fall behind, we feel as if we are disadvantaging students, yet if we go ahead, we are not helping them learn. How can we address this perennial dichotomy? One useful tool is Echo 360. It provides a method to record class sessions, tutorial sessions, and even allows for the upload of small sessions of 5-10 min. Echo 360 allows students to view or review material at their OWN pace and to study problem-solving when they are ready to do so. It also allows instructors to provide just in time teaching (JITT) sessions to students on an as-needed basis. In this session, I will discuss some of the ways Echo 360 has been used at the University of Ottawa in general, and in particular in teaching introductory chemistry. The session will be interactive with plenty of occasion for discussion and questions.