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“What is Active Learning and
is it Happening in our Classrooms?”

Panel Discussion with:

Margaret Beier, Associate Professor, Psychology
Jeffrey Fleisher, Associate Professor, Anthropology
John Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Art History and Classical Studies
Anne Saterbak, Professor in the Practice and Director of Laboratory Instruction, Bioengineering and Associate Dean of Engineering for Education
John Hutchinson, Dean of Undergraduates, Professor, Chemistry

Moderated by:
Josh Eyler, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Adjunct Associate Professor, Humanities

Peer instruction, the flipped classroom and MOOCs have the potential to help make students more active participants in their own learning. Highly publicized local and national experiments by early adopters of these methods has led to an unprecedented level of dialogue about teaching on campus, at Rice and other institutions of higher education. As a follow-up to the September Scientia panel on “The Traditional Classroom: What Future?” and the October De Lange IX Conference, “Teaching in the University of Tomorrow,” this panel discussion will target themes and challenges related to enhancing how students learn in our classes at Rice. Our panel of faculty will present their unique pedagogical strategies based on the scholarship and practice of active learning. Please join us for this important conversation.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

4:00-5:30 PM, McMurtry Auditorium

Duncan Hall, Rice University

(wine & appetizer reception follows colloquium)


This event is free and open to the public

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Power of Ideas Centennial Podcasts

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Anthony Brandt
Associate Professor of Composition and Theory
Shepherd School of Music
“Why Minds Need Art”

Mahmoud Amin El-Gamal
Professor of Economics and Statistics
Social Capital and Finance”

Elizabeth Long
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology 
“Local:Global = David:Goliath”

John B. Boles
William P. Hobby Professor of History
Editor, Journal of Southern History
“Getting to Know President Lovett”

Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Stanley C. Moore Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering
“Learning to Swim”

Thomas Killian
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
“The Pursuit for Total Control”

Paula A. Sanders
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Professor of History
“Thinking with History”

Elaine Howard Ecklund
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Religion & Public Life Program

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Mark Embree
Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics and Director, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
Numerate Citizenship”
K. Jane Grande-Allen
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
James Pomerantz 
Professor, Department of Psychology
“Mind, Brain & Reality”
Marcia G. Brennan
Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Art History
“The Love of Wisdom and the Wisdom of Love”

Yousif Shamoo
Professor, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
“Saying Goodbye to Rube Goldberg”

Matthias Henze
Watt J. & Lilly G. Jackson Professor in Biblical Studies
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Unfinished Ethics”

Janet Braam
Chair and Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
“Life is Incredible”

Lora Wildenthal
Associate Professor and Chair, History Department

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Fall 2014 Events

Tuesday, September 23, 4:00 PM
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
Panel Discussion

“The Traditional Classroom: What Future?”

Özge Gürcanli, Lecturer, Psychology
Dennis Huston, Gladys Louise Fox Professor, English
Rachel Kimbro, Associate Professor, Sociology
Caroline Levander, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education; Carlson Professor, English
Kathy Matthews, Stewart Memorial Professor, BioSciences
Joe Warren, Professor, Computer Science

Moderated by Neal Lane, Malcolm Gillis University Professor and Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Senior Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute



October 13-14, 2014
BRC, Rice University

“Teaching in the University of Tomorrow”

A forward-looking forum designed to contemplate the rapidly evolving changes in university teaching in response to disruptive technologies and global forces. The program features renowned educators and innovators from a variety of disciplines in lectures, discussions, teaching demonstrations and interactive workshops.

For additional information and to register, please visit our website delange.rice.edu

Registration closes September 29, 2014



Spring 2015 Events

Coming Soon.

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