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Bruce Whitehouse
42:27
Question: Greg insightfully described TRAC fellows as people for whom Lehigh has worked well, and who have learned to make good use of the institution. What have we collectively learned about the problems faced by students for whom Lehigh hasn't worked well and who haven't learned to take advantage of it (especially under pandemic conditions)? How can we better serve those students in the future?
Bruce Whitehouse
54:23
On lectures: One student in my lecture course this fall has already emailed me to ask if I can record my lectures and make them available. Is this even something LTS can do? Does anyone have suggestions for how a lecturer can make & keep recordings from class (including Q&A)?
julia maserian
58:23
Bruce, have you used Panopto? https://confluence.cc.lehigh.edu/x/ARbTAQ
Trevor Ballingall
01:04:40
We used Google Forms in my Econ Class last semester (It was in person)… everyday we’d have an end of class form to fill out and the professor would then talk about some of the answers out loud. (Why some of the answers were wrong or what made other answers more right.) The forms were anonymous too so It really allowed the professor to get a decent handle on how a majority of the students were conceptualizing the course material
Greg Reihman
01:05:57
love this idea, Trevor. I use Google sheets even in my in-person classes and will sometimes pull up student notes/questions during class as a way of generating discussion/conversation.
Jill Schneider
01:07:36
such a great advantage last year was the guest lectures on zoom! I had cool speakers (diverse too) that the student’s really enjoyed on zoom. i’m thinking of doing that even if we are in person. what is the best way? have all students come with their laptops that day and we all go on zoom in person?
Lana Butorovic
01:09:41
I would say having zoom on the big screen would be easier since you’d have to have students use headphones if you want everyone to use Zoom on their laptops which can lead to a lot of students being distracted
Lana Butorovic
01:09:50
That was a long sentence - hope that makes sense
Jenna Lay
01:11:41
Great answer, Eva!
Bruce Whitehouse
01:11:47
Eva, I'm calling BS on that.
Bruce Whitehouse
01:14:44
When you have flexible deadlines in place and your student still plagiarizes an essay, I think at a certain point the responsibility has to lie with the student.
Jasmine Woodson
01:20:07
Kool beans
Jasmine Woodson
01:20:27
oops - sorry everyone, that was for another message :-/
Wynn Meyer
01:21:38
Working in a class group with a friend can also be a great way to kill a friendship… or so I’ve heard.
David Casagrande
01:21:53
optimal size is three. I start by randomizing and then do a little social engineering as the semester goes on based on individual feedback from students.
Greg Reihman
01:23:45
I agree with 3 and assign groups. WRT switching—I think it’s good to have groups that stay together for more than a few meetings…and then switch it up.
Wynn Meyer
01:25:46
Are there ways to make larger groups work? In one of my classes there are too many students to do groups of 3.
Lana Butorovic
01:26:53
I had a professor schedule meetings with those bigger groups where students would have to explain what they did to contribute to whatever deliverable they had to submit…That made students a lot more aware of the fact that they have to put in the work to get the grade (can help prevent freeloading).
Bruce Whitehouse
01:27:09
I've often used 5-person groups in the past, but after many complaints about non-contributing teammates, I'm ready to try trios.
Greg Reihman
01:28:45
Wynn: with larger groups, it’s important to create roles for each person, with a well-defined tasks. Those roles can change week to week so students take on different tasks. It also really helps to take seriously the group dynamics that will come into play with larger group work...
Albert Liu
01:29:07
I used a peer evaluation spreadsheet for students to rate the participation and contribution of their group members, which accounted for 10% of the group assignments.
Bruce Whitehouse
01:29:31
Re. Siva's question: see #ungrading https://citls.lafayette.edu/what-is-ungrading/
Jim Roberts
01:30:08
I also use peer evaluation for " % effort " on significant group assignments --- it's remarkable to me that the #s always align pretty closely.
Wynn Meyer
01:30:40
I tried specifications grading last fall and it was a miserable failure - everyone killing themselves to get an A.
Lana Butorovic
01:30:50
I will say that with peer evaluations, it’s best to have students submit them individually. Professors often have peer evaluations be submitted by the group as a whole and students are very rarely going to be honest in them to avoid tension within the group
Wynn Meyer
01:31:26
Can’t peer evaluations also sometimes have bias wrt specific populations of students?
Violet Kertis (she/her)
01:31:43
^^
David Casagrande
01:31:53
I use a qualtrics survey for peer-ranking within group projects midway and at the end
Lana Butorovic
01:31:55
Can you elaborate on that? Interested to hear more
Lana Butorovic
01:32:00
@Winn Meyer
Wynn Meyer
01:32:11
You mean re: bias or re: specs grading?
Lana Butorovic
01:32:15
Bias
Jim Roberts
01:33:06
I do use individual response directly to me -- in a class where I CAN interact extensively with each student and group. I use just the individually graded group-facilitated assignments in larger classes.
Wynn Meyer
01:33:13
Maybe @Violet knows specific citations on this. I just know I’ve heard it before. Would have to look it up.
Greg Skutches, (he, him, his)
01:39:52
I have to jump off. Thanks, everyone, for attending.
Greg Reihman
01:40:01
Thank you, Greg!
Mary Nicholas
01:40:08
Thank you very much for organizing this session and participating. It was very useful! Good to get the input in time to prepare for the fall.
Jill Schneider
01:40:17
excellent, Violet
Henry Odi
01:41:22
Excellent session and thanks to our wonderful students. Henry Odi
Jill Schneider
01:41:24
Thank you, students!
Wynn Meyer
01:41:28
Thank you so much!
Jenna Lay
01:41:33
Thanks, all!