dB-SERC lunch discussion 10/5
Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 12-1 pm
Place: 321 Allen Hall

Topic: A Discussion on Authenticity in Teaching

During the discussion, Dr. Ben Rottman and Dr. Tim Nokes-Malach will discuss the topic of authenticity. A goal of many instructors is to make their course more “authentic”. However, authenticity in instruction can mean many different things such as a similarity between the exercises in class to the tasks that researchers or industry professionals perform, self-discovery (as opposed to passive learning), or a focus on primary sources vs. textbooks, among others. There are also many potential benefits of authentic practices including better transfer of problem-solving to new problems, increased motivation, and more of a focus on the scientific process rather than just facts. Yet, there are also many challenges in designing authentic courses. The goals for this lunch session are to discuss different versions of the meaning of authenticity, why authenticity is important, in what sorts of classes should authentic learning should be implemented, and barriers to implementing authentic instruction. Participants are encouraged to share their own views on and experiences with authentic learning. Two articles are available to read before the discussion to spark conversation and can be found at the following website:


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