• David J. Tedeschi
  • Professor,
    Department of Physics
    and Astronomy

  • Details

  • Tuesday,
  • February 11, 2014
  • 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


In large introductory classes with several hundred students, meaningful student participation can be difficult to achieve. We know that students learn more effectively when they take an active role in lectures as opposed to the traditional passive mode of note taking. Classroom response systems, sometimes known as "clickers," enable students to give real-time feedback to the professor during lectures, which increases student engagement. However, it's not the technology by itself that enhances student learning. In this session, you'll hear a comparison of different approaches for clicker usage. In particular, David Tedeschi will explain the process of "Peer Instruction" - a teaching method developed by Eric Mazur at Harvard - and how Tedeschi has adapted it to engage students in an introductory physics course, as well as how he is using this approach to create a new astronomy course for non-science majors.

About the Facilitator

David J. Tedeschi, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he has served as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh prior to joining the USC faculty in 1997. His research is focused on understanding the dynamical structure of the proton. Among other research and teaching honors, he is a 2007 recipient of the Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.


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