Description: For a 20 minute teaching demonstration to practice an active learning technique, I gave an introduction to the visual pathway from eye to visual cortex. My demonstration was an excerpt lecture from my hypothetical course. In groups, students worked together to figure out which portion of the visual field was affected by cuts to different parts of the visual pathway they just learned.
Students: Graduate students and postdocs from a variety of fields enrolled in GRD 705.
Overall Teaching Effectiveness Rating on scale from 1 (bad) to 5 (good)
Mean: 3.85 (95% Confidence Interval: 3.49-4.20)
Summary of student comments: Students liked my pace for presenting new information, my speaking voice, projecting confidence, images and definitions including PowerPoint slide animations, and the group activity.
Areas for improvement: Although students were from a variety of backgrounds and not the intended target, I still found ways that I could improve this activity. I could improve by providing more examples or scaffolding the activity from easy to difficult. I need to keep in mind that I am introducing students to new material and to make sure to explain all information and clarify group activity instructions more clearly.