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Anticipating Misconceptions in Your Field: Teaching to Change Minds

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Online via Zoom

Scientific Teaching SeriesAnticipating Misconceptions in Your Field: Teaching to Change Minds


Evidence suggests that learning is enhanced when instructors accurately anticipate learners' misconceptions. In this interactive workshop, participants will examine the broad impacts of a common misconception in the sciences. Participants will then collaborate to construct a bank of misconceptions to assist them in anticipating alternative ideas about their fields that they might encounter during classes, scientific presentations, and job talks. Finally, we will introduce simple assessment formats based on misconceptions that can serve to change the minds of learners away from misconceptions and toward instructional goals.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Event Sponsor: 
Center for Teaching and Learning
Time Commitment: 
< 3 hours