In the first of a special two-part episode, we reflect on what we’ve learned from the podcast about nine key questions all faculty face. In this episode we focus on the curriculum: what to teach, in what order, and how to adjust the teaching to the learner. We include lots of choice quotes from previous guests, so this is a great starting point for those new to the podcast.
0:00 ⏯ Intro
2:33 ⏯ A preview of the five curriculum questions
4:51 ⏯ You only need to focus on one or two things.
7:41 ⏯ Ch-ch-changes for Edward and Doug.
10:12 ⏯ Question 1. How do you see the discipline? (Answers vs. Questions)
12:13 ⏯ Geoff Connors focusing on questions.
14:47 ⏯ Although the students were silent, Donald Kagan’s lectures were still dialogues.
18:15 ⏯ Olav Sorenson goes Socratic.
22:31 ⏯ Supporting ambiguity tolerance.
23:43 ⏯ Question 2. How do you see the students’ learning? (Cognition vs. Metacognition)
25:23 ⏯ Michael Honsberger on teaching metacognition.
28:17 ⏯ Carla Horowitz’s advisor tells her: You’re bad at this.
30:30 ⏯ The method can be part of the topic.
31:33 ⏯ Larry Samuelson and Frank Robinson on helping students learn how to study.
34:11 ⏯ Question 3. How do you see the discipline’s knowledge? (Objectivity vs. Agency)
36:15 ⏯ Donald Kagan on history, Larry Sameulson on models, Peter Salovey on experiments.
43:32 ⏯ Lynn Regan’s “Vendors and Clients” game. Laurie Santos asks students to design their own experiments. Michael Faison on students doing real science.
49:17 ⏯ Question 4. Where do you start? (Atoms vs Universes)
49:34 ⏯ Peter Salovey on lecturing about the big picture.
51:45 ⏯ Frank Robinson: what do you want them NOT to forget?
52:59 ⏯ Sales pitches for the discipline: Larry Samuelson and Lori Santos.
55:35 ⏯ Jonathan Holloway: finding out about what’s ‘too basic.’ and learning how to lecture.
59:53 ⏯ Question 5. How hard should learning be?
2:29 ⏯ Ken Starr on difficulty and oral midterms.
4:33 ⏯ Frank Robinson on giving hard problems.
5:57 ⏯ Michael Faison on teaching students at different levels
1:07:53 ⏯ Signoff.