Studies reveal that learners retain only 5% of what they learn from a lecture. That number jumps to 50% when a student is engaged in a group discussion. If the student is teaching someone else, the learning retention ratemushrooms to a whopping 90%.
In this informative webinar, recorded on March 23, award winning educator and author Lisa Sullivan (Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health) explores these data as well as faculty challenges and how to overcome them in order to make Biostatistics fun and engaging for students.
After nearly two decades in higher education as a faculty member and based on my experiences and research, here is what I believe to be the ingredients for good learning experiences and great teaching.
First and foremost, teaching/learning is not a solo sport; it is a team effort--a contact sport.
The professor must bring:
- Knowledge of content
- Genuine concern and respect for students
- The three A’s: Availability, Accessibility, and Affability
- Attention to details and organizational skills
- Active learning assignments that connect to learning goals
- Equitable grading and transparency in same
- Level playing field among classmates
- Desire to coach/mentor students
- Willingness to go above the call of duty
The students must bring:
- A desire to learn
- Respect for professor and classmates
- A willingness to prepare for class, put in the required time and pull their weight
- Willingness to keep an open mind and search for alternative solutions to a problem
- Critical thinking skills
- Desire to contribute to peer knowledge
- Motivation to go “above the call of duty”
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