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Paper: Utilizing Compelling Interactive Strategies to Bolster Your Classrooms and Events
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 439
Authors: Vassos, T.
Abstract: Professors and teachers are challenged with the difficult task of educating students and event attendees in this social media age characterized by short attention spans. This paper is intended to help transform teaching methods from simply lecturing to employing interactive exercises that engage, motivate, entertain and inspire students and attendees. Interactive exercises can take many forms. Thought experiments can be used to trace the footsteps of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. Gamification has proven to be a powerful learning tool – games can be used to captivate students. Quizzes challenge students to apply their knowledge and then experience lightbulb moments when they learn the answer. Interactive workshops encourage students to think and to come up with solutions themselves. Hands-on lab exercises engage and immerse students in learning activities. Debates enable students to formulate a position on a particular topic and communicate their position grounded in scientific knowledge. Artistic exercises absorb students in learning activities such as drawing, music and videos that expand their intellect. Combining several of these interactive exercises can have a profound impact on learning outcomes.
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