Professor to host seminar on creating active learning environments

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls chemistry invites educators and other groups interested in active learning to a seminar next week by Louisiana State University Professor of Chemistry Dr. George Stanley.

The event, titled “Creating an Effective Active Learning Environment in Large and Small Lecture Classes,” begins at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Beauregard 104.

“Professor Stanley’s experience as a teacher will be relevant not just for STEM faculty but all who teach either small or large classes,” said Dr. Chad Young, Nicholls chemistry head. “Nicholls chemistry loves to have students, faculty, alumni, and, especially, community members attend our events. If you’re not familiar with Nicholls Chemistry, come a bit early or stay a little late to have a tour of our wonderful department.“

The Cyril and Tutta Vetter Alumni Professor at LSU, Dr. Stanley’s methods began after reading a book by Sheila Tobias where humanities grad students kept a journal on how students responded or did not respond, to introductory physics and chemistry lectures. His methods include creating study groups for homework and class question and answer sessions; daily in-class single question quizzes; and providing organized lecture notes so students can focus on listening and not simply doing dictation.


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