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Monday lunch presentation presented by Yousif Shamo at the 2011 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 18-20, 2011

Why do we teach?

  • So that individuals learn
  • To convey the excitement of our intellectual area
  • To capture interest and imagination
  • To ensure deep understanding
  • To share our own research efforts

Who do we teach?

  • Undergraduates (focus for today)
    • Majors
    • Non-majors
  • Graduate Students (focus)/Post-docs
  • Colleagues
  • Your chair, your dean
  • The public
  • Program managers/patent office/others

Remember…

  • Developing a good course takes time
    • Learn good time management
  • What students learn is less than what you teach
    • Don’t just try to cover the material
  • Understand different learning styles
    • Students have different ways of learning
    • Use the resources you have available
    • Be aware of accessibility requirements

What is the nature of your course?

  • Large/medium/small enrollment?
  • Lecture-type classroom or smaller more intimate setting?
  • Majors? Upper level or lower level?
  • Non-majors?
Styles for these different types of courses are quite different!

Think about “active learning”

  • Traditional/passive learning = lectures + exams
  • Student-centered, active learning can include (among many possibilities):
    • Use of I-Clickers
    • On-line quizzes
    • 1-2 minute papers
    • Student discussion and reporting
    • Projects

Find out about resources

  • Are I-Clickers available?
  • What support for teaching is available?
  • Are there faculty groups to discuss teaching?
  • Are there on-line resources in your area for student-centered learning?
  • Are there sessions at professional meetings or specific meetings relevant to your area?
    • Will your Chair pay for you to attend?

Know about yourself

  • If you are asked what you’d like to teach…
    • Do you really love a big lecture setting?
    • Does a small group setting elicit a sense of excitement or a sense of dread?
  • You may not have the opportunity to choose, but knowing what attracts you (and why) may help in dealing with your teaching assignment

Preparation is key

  • Plan for 6-8 hours of preparation per class session the first year
  • Get notes from the previous lecturer, but make the course your own
  • Be familiar with the material (rehearse a lecture beforehand if you need to)
  • Don’t wait until the last minute
    • Not much room to improvise
    • May be easier in smaller classes

Do’s and do not’s

  • Do not expect perfection
  • Do not expect eager, listening faces
  • Do learn the names of your students if at all possible
  • Do get feedback during the semester
    • You can adjust accordingly
  • Do work the problems yourself
    • Texts have typos and errors – read the text

Think very carefully about your syllabus

  • Textbook information
  • Policies/Grading information
    • What makes up the grade? Is there a curve?
    • Are there make-up exams?
    • Don’t change point assignments mid-semester — stick with the syllabus
    • Think through the grading scheme — they’ll ask, so you might as well be ready!

Don’t make exceptions

  • If you make an exception for an individual, it will be an exception for the entire course
  • Do you allow —
    • Regrading?
    • Late tests? If not, how is grade determined if student was ill/had a death in family?

Questions & Answers

Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
hi
Loga
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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