Teaching with Technology: Content Delivery and Logistics for a project-based lab class

DAVID GOLDHABER-GORDON: Hi. I’m David Goldhaber-Gordon. I’m a professor of physics and
specialist in nanoelectronics. DERRICK BOONE: And
I’m Derrick Boone, a PhD candidate in
applied physics, and one of David’s students. For a project for
Teaching with Technology, I helped David
develop a set of mini lectures to help
him teach students some technical foundations
they’ll need for the course without needing to actually
spend class time teaching the heat transfer
and other techniques that, while are
necessary for the course, aren’t really helping them
to think like a physicist. DAVID GOLDHABER-GORDON: So this
is a project-based learning class. And we’ve just launched the
first week of the quarter. And we are already
using the material that we produced that
Derrick and I worked on to create scripts, and
that Derrick has recorded. There were a few
technologies that we used. None of them were truly
novel, but they were ones that we hadn’t used before. There was screencasting. Then there’s using
optimization techniques to help schedule students
who, at Stanford at least, have pretty
complicated schedules. And we’d like them to
have as much overlap with each other as possible. DERRICK BOONE: One of
the important aspects of this project was actually
developing screencast lectures for students to review
outside of course time. And it turns out that
screencasting is not as trivial as you might imagine. There are a lot
of things related to recording technology,
posture, editing that we had to learn to produce
the particular screencasts. DAVID GOLDHABER-GORDON: Even
though I’ve had ambitions to do some of these things
before, the barrier to entry has seemed pretty high. And as Derrick
alluded to, in fact the barrier is pretty high. And having people who are expert
at these sorts of technologies and the idea of integrating
technology with teaching helped get us over that,
both psychologically and practically, to be able
to get to things that could work in just a few months.

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