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Monday lunch presentation presented by Yousif Shamo at the 2011 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 18-20, 2011

Why do we teach?

  • So that individuals learn
  • To convey the excitement of our intellectual area
  • To capture interest and imagination
  • To ensure deep understanding
  • To share our own research efforts

Who do we teach?

  • Undergraduates (focus for today)
    • Majors
    • Non-majors
  • Graduate Students (focus)/Post-docs
  • Colleagues
  • Your chair, your dean
  • The public
  • Program managers/patent office/others

Remember…

  • Developing a good course takes time
    • Learn good time management
  • What students learn is less than what you teach
    • Don’t just try to cover the material
  • Understand different learning styles
    • Students have different ways of learning
    • Use the resources you have available
    • Be aware of accessibility requirements

What is the nature of your course?

  • Large/medium/small enrollment?
  • Lecture-type classroom or smaller more intimate setting?
  • Majors? Upper level or lower level?
  • Non-majors?
Styles for these different types of courses are quite different!

Think about “active learning”

  • Traditional/passive learning = lectures + exams
  • Student-centered, active learning can include (among many possibilities):
    • Use of I-Clickers
    • On-line quizzes
    • 1-2 minute papers
    • Student discussion and reporting
    • Projects

Find out about resources

  • Are I-Clickers available?
  • What support for teaching is available?
  • Are there faculty groups to discuss teaching?
  • Are there on-line resources in your area for student-centered learning?
  • Are there sessions at professional meetings or specific meetings relevant to your area?
    • Will your Chair pay for you to attend?

Know about yourself

  • If you are asked what you’d like to teach…
    • Do you really love a big lecture setting?
    • Does a small group setting elicit a sense of excitement or a sense of dread?
  • You may not have the opportunity to choose, but knowing what attracts you (and why) may help in dealing with your teaching assignment

Preparation is key

  • Plan for 6-8 hours of preparation per class session the first year
  • Get notes from the previous lecturer, but make the course your own
  • Be familiar with the material (rehearse a lecture beforehand if you need to)
  • Don’t wait until the last minute
    • Not much room to improvise
    • May be easier in smaller classes

Do’s and do not’s

  • Do not expect perfection
  • Do not expect eager, listening faces
  • Do learn the names of your students if at all possible
  • Do get feedback during the semester
    • You can adjust accordingly
  • Do work the problems yourself
    • Texts have typos and errors – read the text

Think very carefully about your syllabus

  • Textbook information
  • Policies/Grading information
    • What makes up the grade? Is there a curve?
    • Are there make-up exams?
    • Don’t change point assignments mid-semester — stick with the syllabus
    • Think through the grading scheme — they’ll ask, so you might as well be ready!

Don’t make exceptions

  • If you make an exception for an individual, it will be an exception for the entire course
  • Do you allow —
    • Regrading?
    • Late tests? If not, how is grade determined if student was ill/had a death in family?

Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
China
Cied
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
Porter
many many of nanotubes
Porter
what is the k.e before it land
Yasmin
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
Cesar
I'm interested in nanotube
Uday
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
AMJAD
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
AMJAD
what is system testing
AMJAD
what is the application of nanotechnology?
Stotaw
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
Azam
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
Prasenjit
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
Azam
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
Prasenjit
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
Damian
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
Damian
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
Azam
Hello
Uday
I'm interested in Nanotube
Uday
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
Prasenjit
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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