BIOE: Brian Helmke - "Activating Learning and Motivation in Interactive Lecture Courses"

Speaker Dr. Brian P. Helmke, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Director of Undergraduate Research, School of Engineering and Applied Science; Faculty Consultant, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Date: 11/14/2018
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: 2310 Everitt Laboratory, 1406 W Green Street, Urbana
Event Contact: Lisa Leininger
Sponsor: Department of Bioengineering
Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

“Activating Learning and Motivation in Interactive Lecture Courses”


Do you want to energize your large lecture classes with activities that encourage students to make meaning together? Are you concerned that including activities during class time will compromise the amount of content you can "cover"? Active learning approaches that emphasize problem-solving process, group work, and reflection enhance learning and increase student motivation. This interactive session will demonstrate an interactive lecture approach using case studies from undergraduate biomedical engineering courses. In a physiology course, frequent formative assessments generated a “testing effect” and improved comprehension skills. In a flipped biotransport course, learning outcomes improved relative to a traditional lecture format, even for students who exhibited resistance to the flipped format. Students in a bioelectricity course were offered a choice of learning portfolios, resulting in increased student motivation associated with self-determinism. Overall, these results support the idea that learner-centered course designs enhance motivation, satisfaction, and learning outcomes.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Helmke is interested in technology-enhanced collaborative learning that helps prepare engineering students for professional practice. He encourages creative problem-solving by integrating previous coursework, online resources, and peer discussions. His research interests include motivation, student resistance, and inclusive teaching practices. Dr. Helmke teaches large format courses in physiology and biotransport as well as smaller courses and laboratories in biomedical engineering, and he mentors undergraduate research teams.

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