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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.

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Brett McCollum

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University
Brett McCollum is a Professor of Chemistry and the Acting Academic Director of the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University. He is also a Nexen Scholar and an Apple Distinguished Educator. His research focuses on effective uses of technology for... Read More →
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Todd Nickle

Mount Royal University, Mount Royal University
After exploring embryogenesis patterns in seed-derived and cloned plants at the University of Calgary (BSc, MSc), Todd moved to Oklahoma to investigate genes involved in embryo development for his PhD. It was during this time that the "World Wide Web" rolled out to the public, and... Read More →

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