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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    1:55 PM - 2:45 PM: Concurrent Session 11B: 1:55 pm PST (4:55 pm EST
    Utilizing Compelling Interactive Strategies to Bolster Your Classrooms & Events
    Conference Strand: Doing Public Engagement in Informal Settings
    Tom Vassos,
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: Professors and teachers are challenged with the difficult task of educating students and event attendees in this social media age characterized by short attention spans. This session is intended to help transform teaching methods from simply lecturing to employing advanced interactive exercises that engage, motivate, entertain and inspire students and attendees.

    Interactive exercises can take many forms. Thought experiments can be used to trace the footsteps of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. Gamification has proven to be a powerful learning tool - games can be used to captivate students. Quizzes challenge students to apply their knowledge and then experience lightbulb moments when they learn the answer.

    Interactive workshops encourage students to think and come up with solutions themselves. Hands-on workshops/lab exercises engage and immerse students in learning activities. Debates enable students to formulate a position on a particular topic and communicate their position grounded in scientific knowledge. Artistic exercises absorb students in learning activities such as drawing, music and videos that expand their intellect.

    Combining several of these interactive exercises can have a profound impact on learning outcomes, as well as raising the level of engagement with your audience.