Fall 2003 Workshops

Wednesday,
October 2nd 12 – 1:30 in the Founder’s Room

Teaching with Structured Controversy
Presented by Dick Clapp and Nancy Maxwell

Structured
controversy is a cooperative teaching/learning strategy,
which involves choosing a specific problem, providing
students with a limited amount of information about
this problem and asking them to construct an argument
based on this information while working in groups. These
groups, which represent different sides of a particular
issue, then engage in a debate-like discussion during
class-time. In this session we will highlight the application
of this technique in EH708 Introduction to Environmental
Health using the Woburn Case Study and discuss some
variations of this technique and its applicability to
other public health related issues.

This session
will provide an opportunity to experience a structured controversy
exercise and to consider issues such as how we
use class time as well as how we might best prepare
our students to analyze and synthesize data and see
issues from different perspectives.

Wednesday,
October 23rd 12-1:30 in the Founders Room

Using Simulations for Learning in Public Health
Presented by Ryan Kelsey, Columbia University
Center for New Media in Teaching and Learning

In this session
Ryan will demonstrate and discuss the implementation
and evaluation of a cd-rom/web hybrid simulation called
Brownfield Action , which is currently
being used in an introductory environmental science
course. He will describe how formerly disparate labs
and lectures were transformed into a seamless learning
experience that improves student learning and motivates
students to critically consider the complex issues involved
in the interaction of human systems and the environment.
He will also give us a glimpse at ReliefSim
,
a simulation project currently under development
involving Columbia University and the University of
Oxford, which will train people working in the field
to better prepare for international relief management
issues, such as shelter, healthcare, sanitation and
food/water distribution.

Wednesday,
November 6th 12:00 – 1:30 in the Founder’s Room

1st in our Series
of Scotch Award Winning Teachers: "Real Life Happens":
Using case studies to extract principles that affect
public health learning

Presented by Gail Douglas, Health Services
Department

In this session
Gail will discuss how she uses the real life examples
that we use as faculty and practitioners to better understand
public health issues to engage students in her own classroom
teaching. To quote Gail, "If you learn…. then teach…
That is the expectation that I set for my students as
they will be teachers of others someday." A teaching
case will be distributed prior to the session.

Tuesday,
December 3rd 12:00 – 2:00 in the Founder’s Room

Identity Development in the Classroom
Presented by Johnnie Hamilton Mason, Associate
Professor and Coordinator of Programs Against Racism
and Oppression, Simmons College of Social Work.

The overall
goal of this session will build on prior workshops by
discussing Racial Identity Development in the Classroom
and how it affects teaching and learning issues.
This session is to deepen prior discussions to look
at both faculty and student identity issues. Participants
will revisit a model of factors present in any learning
environment and strategies for using them to facilitate
student learning. Relevant articles will be distributed
in advance of the session.