Woodward Endowment lecture to look at peer-led team learning

The Woodward Endowment for Medical Science Education is hosting Pratibha Varma-Nelson at the Penn State College of Medicine where she will present "Peer-led Team Learning: A Student-Faculty Partnership for Transforming the Learning Environment" from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 25 via Polycom, in Room 315 Rider Building on the University Park campus. (This presentation is available to all Penn State locations via Polycom.

At the end of this lecture/workshop participants will be able to:
-- Describe theoretical underpinnings of the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) Model of teaching
-- Explain the difference between PLTL and cPLTL
-- Articulate the critical components of a successful PLTL program
-- Construct appropriate materials for getting students to work in groups
-- Describe the role of the faculty members in PLTL
-- Identify relevant criteria for selecting peer leaders
-- Articulate essential components of peer leader training

Pratibha Varma-Nelson is professor of chemistry and the executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Since 1995, Varma-Nelson’s scholarly contributions have been in chemical education. She is well known in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education community for her pioneering work in development, implementation and dissemination of the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model of teaching. She was a founding co-principal investigator of the first National Science Foundation funded Undergraduate Research Center "Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE)." In addition, she co-authored the 2011 American Association for the Advancement of Science report, “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action.”

If you are at University Park, and would like your department to join the bridge, please contact deidre@psu.edu. If you are at a location other than University Park, please see your Instructional Design Specialist or contact site@psu.edu or 814-863-2599.

Polycom is available at the following locations:

Berks: 109 Thun

Hazleton: 203J Butler

Hershey Medical Center - Originating Location - Lecture Room B 
Contact Lisa Harman at 717-531-8566 or lharman@hmc.psu.edu to register

University Park: 315 Rider Building


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Last Updated January 09, 2015