The Art of Explaining Science - how to enhance students’ understanding of scientific concepts

The Art of Explaining Science – how to enhance students’ understanding of scientific concepts

What students really understand in class depends a lot on the skills of instructors to explain topics clearly and understandably. Particularly complex scientific concepts are not easy to communicate.

Based on results from research about explanations, we will analyse good and bad examples of explanations from differ-ent areas of research. You will then have the opportunity to develop your own explanations, optimize them for the audi-ence of students in your classes and discuss your results. We will furthermore address the topic of how to encourage students to generate their own explanations, as students’ self-explanations have been proved to be very efficient for increasing learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes: The participants will be able to
  • analyse explanations with relevant criteria,
  • develop their own explanations using principles that enhance understanding,
  • prompt students’ self-explanation.
Content:
  • Criteria for excellent explanations in science
  • Principles for developing clear and understandable explanations
  • Self-explanations versus explanations by instructors
 
Kursdaten
Target group: all faculty and staff who teach at the university
maximum participants: 14
Trainer:
Dr. Annette Glathe,
Dr. Ulrike Homann
(TU Darmstadt)
Date: Fri, November 5th, 2021
Fri, December 10th, 2021
Time: 1. group: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm
2. group: 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm
+ self-study activities
Room: online (Zoom)
Recognition: Modul 2, Teaching & learning, 12 AE


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