Towards a Student-Centered Nonmajors Science Classroom

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Dr. Eric Simon of New England College shares practical methods for engaging students by incorporating relevant current issues, as well as creative methods for assessment.  

Dr. Eric Simon, New England College

When approaching an introductory science course for non-science majors, many instructors have teaching goals and learning objectives that differ significantly from traditional courses intended for science majors. In this talk, I will discuss specific ways that a course can be tailored to promote engagement with the material by capturing the innate interest in the topic that nearly every student shares (even if they don’t realize that yet!) Methods for engaging students that maintain content flexibility within the course will be presented. To this end, strategies for incorporating relevant current issues will be presented, as well as creative methods for assessment. The goal of this talk is to provide any instructor with practical ideas that can be implemented immediately.