How Can Objects and Analogies Improve My Teaching?
Whether you teach physics or philosophy, you’re probably looking for innovative ways to increase student engagement with your course material. Encouraging students to make new connections is essential in higher education, and we show you what students think about just that.
Visual aids can help increase student engagement
Whether you teach physics or philosophy, you’re probably looking for innovative ways to increase student engagement with your course material.
Encouraging students to make new connections is essential in higher education, and How Can Objects and Analogies Improve My Teaching?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor, shows you what students think about just that.
These techniques from presenter Kenneth L. Alford, Ph.D., associate professor at Brigham Young University, are clear and straightforward, so you can start using them in your next class.
In this practical session, Dr. Alford shows you how to:
- Select objects and pictures to prompt creative thinking
- Ask students to look for relationships between your visual aids and your lecture topic
- Make your discussions effective, inclusive, and focused
You’ll pick up valuable student engagement tips, such as how to:
- Use visual aids as a seasoning, not as the main course
- Make sure everyone can see your objects or pictures
- Trust your students to generate creative and unexpected answers
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Order the Campus Access License; and load the CD content onto your institution’s internal web site for unlimited, convenient, on-demand access for all members of your campus community.
After this fast-paced session, your students won’t be the only ones looking at your subject matter in new ways.
Product Code: PM12IA
Kenneth L. Alford is a professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.
After serving almost 30 years on active duty in the United States Army, he retired as a Colonel in 2008. While on active military duty, Ken served in numerous assignments, including the Pentagon, eight years teaching computer science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and four years as a department chair and professor teaching strategic leadership at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He has published and presented on a wide variety of topics during his career. His current research efforts focus on student learning and military service during times of conflict.
Ken and his wife, Sherilee, have four children and thirteen grandchildren.
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