End of Semester Teaching Talks – Nov. 23, Nov. 25, Nov. 30

23 November 2015 (Mon)
Speaker(s): Darryl Yong

We are delighted to announce our two first Visiting Scholars of Pedagogy to Yale-NUS College. They will both be in Singapore for several days and are giving talks about teaching, and working intensively with faculty on the scholarship, philosophy and effective techniques of good teaching. Please mark your calendars and come to these events!

November 22-26: Darryl Yong, Harvey Mudd College

Darryl Yong is an expert on multicultural classrooms, teaching in STEM, flipped classes, and some of the “unwritten curriculum” that dominates the experiences of students and faculty in the classroom. He will be giving a few talks during this week and also meeting with faculty to discuss issues in teaching at Yale-NUS College. Darryl hails from Singapore, and has an amazing breath of experience, having taught on sabbatical in the public schools in Los Angeles, and served as an Associate Dean and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA.

Public Talk 1: “Flip++”
November 23, 6:00PM
Tan Chin Tuan Auditorium

An inverted (or “flipped”) classroom reverses the paradigm of traditional lecture courses by delivering lectures outside of class–by means such as videos or screencasts–and using class meetings for other purposes. Many educators are beginning to flip their classrooms, so we urgently need to study and assess whether they are effective. Without such data, we won’t know if flipped classrooms are a fad or breakthrough.

Nancy Lape, Rachel Levy (colleagues from Harvey Mudd College), and Darryl Yong are in the final year of a four-year study of the impact of flipping two STEM courses in engineering and mathematics on student learning gains and attitudes. Daryl will share some of their surprising findings along with some possible implications on which instructional strategies could best unlock the benefits of flipped classrooms. In particular, he will argue that flipping alone is not enough. Learning outcomes are improved when there is added value to the in-class interactions between instructors and students.

Here is a Reading Packet (Flipped++) that you might be interested in as background reading for the session.

Also, available is a log-in only access to a recording of the session.

Public Talk  2 : “Is Good Teaching the Same as Inclusive Teaching?”
November 25, 12:00PM
Program Room 2, East Core

One of the great challenges of our time in higher education is in creating inclusive learning environments that promote more equitable educational outcomes for all students. That challenge is especially salient to Darryl as a professor in an American, highly-selective institution specializing in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM).

There is increasing evidence in the education literature that teaching strategies that promote active learning help all students learn more and produce more equitable outcomes. However, none of these studies point to the reasons why they seem to promote equity. Darryl will discuss how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs might be a first step to explaining these findings. In particular, a mismatch between students’ lived experiences and the academic cultures of institutions and classrooms sometimes create alienating environments for learning.

Here is a Reading Packet (Is Good Teaching Inclusive Teaching?) that you might be interested in as background reading for the session.

Also, available is a log-in only access to a recording of the session.

November 30: Harry Hubball, University of British Columbia

Harry Hubball leads a certificate program in SoTL based at the University of British Columbia, and is training a cohort of NUS and Yale-NUS faculty in Singapore on SoTL. He will outline some of the key elements in this field and how it can help you in your classes. We will also have a workshop for interested faculty on how to publish your noteworthy achievements in your teaching, which will help share your effective teaching with the world, and advance your own scholarship.