Principal Lecturer Linda Martin-Morris and Adjunct Professor Martha Groom were recently featured in the Provost's report, Innovators Among Us: How UW Faculty are Enhancing Teaching with Technology.
Below are some highlights:
Linda Martin-Morris: Flipping lecture content enlivens large classes
Dr. Martin-Morris, a principal lecturer in the Department of Biology at UW Seattle, has flipped her classroom for her large Biology courses. She uses the Tegrity lecture capture tool to create online materials and uses class time to assist student groups in synthesizing information.
Student reactions: “My students report enormous gains in confidence and understanding, but also that they feel they had to spend way too much time getting there.”
Classroom dynamic: “Every day I walk into a very lively and exciting classroom that challenges me but challenges students at least as much. That’s exciting. Most days I have to remind students when class is over; that never happened when lecturing.” Advice for others interested in flipping: “Do not over-lecture. Be ready for a little blowback. This type of learning is challenging for students and you have to be ready to sell it every single day.”
Martha Groom: Writing for Wikipedia raises the stakes and the quality of student writing
Dr. Groom is a professor of Ecology and Environmental Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences department at UW Bothell with an adjunct appointment in the UW Seattle Biology department. Six years ago, she began asking her students to create and edit Wikipedia entries and has continued to do so ever since. Why? Students benefited, she says, “Instead of a paper that only one person read and commented on, they could strive to meet standards higher than the typical entry, and have their efforts serve a common good.”
Her objective: “Helping students see the value in upping the quality of their work
is my goal, and I still find that the very public and open nature of Wikipedia entries
helps achieve this goal.”