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Wednesday, June 22 • 15:45 - 16:35
CON04.05 - Emphasizing reading as pre-class preparation for students in a flipped or blended learning classroom

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Scientists establish their ideas and disseminate findings with text. Universities shape both discipline-specific information as well as develop general knowledge and communication skills. Blended and flipped classes rely on a variety of resources, but students tend to feel more confident when provided online videos for support instead of readings. There is tension: can students acquire the needed textbook-reading skills if it is not emphasized, and how do we best engage our students with appropriate out-of-class materials? What role can OERs serve? This session invites instructors to share thoughts about the importance of text literacy in students as well as providing hands-on experience with the free platform Perusall to establish 1) asynchronous collaboration between students on their readings and 2) provide the instructor with summaries that will inform the nature of in-class activities. Participants will then explore the practical aspects of using Academic Reading Circles in the sciences.


Brett McCollum

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University
Dr. Brett McCollum is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Mount Royal University, a Nexen Scholar and Apple Distinguished Educator. His publications span a variety of fields including SoTL, interdisciplinary teaching in science and public policy, and the use of the radioactive positive muon as a probe of chemical reactivity.
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Todd Nickle

Mount Royal University, Mount Royal University
Dr. Todd Nickle is a Professor of Biology at Mount Royal University. His research has shifted from studying genetics and molecular biology in Arabidopsis mutants to investigating ways to promote active and effective learning in the classroom. He received the ACIFA Award for Innovation in Teaching (2014) and the MRU Distinguished Faculty Award (2015) in recognition of his work in challenging students to take ownership of their own education.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 15:45 - 16:35
UCC 58

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