Brian Lukoff, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, will give a STEM talk on “Using Learning Catalytics to Create an Interactive Classroom" on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. in 138 Hasbrouck.
Lukoff says peer instruction and other interactive teaching methods have been shown to dramatically improve conceptual understanding. While no technology is necessary to take advantage of these teaching methods, technology can enable the instructor to better understand student understanding, prompt students to engage in deeper thinking, and facilitate more productive student discussions in the classroom. In his talk, Lukoff will introduce Learning Catalytics, a cloud-based platform for interactive teaching that allows students to use web-enabled devices -- laptops, smartphones and tablets -- to engage in rich, authentic tasks in class. With Learning Catalytics, instructors can go beyond clickers and other response systems to create a rich interactive environment that integrates assessment with learning.