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Learn about Flipping Your Class at First International Conference on Peer Instruction

For the first time since Peer Instruction was developed in the 1990s, Mazur, a group of scholars from Asia and the Pacific, and Beijing Normal University are organizing a conference. Innovative educators from across the globe will connect, share, and learn about how to flip their class using this research-based method at an inaugural event […]

Turn to Your Neighbor Turns 30,000 and Launches #flippedtip Series

A very big THANK YOU to all of our readers and members of the Peer Instruction Network! Turn to Your Neighbor was born on February 25, 2012. And today, we turned 30,000 hits old. Top Three Turn to Your Neighbor Posts The top three TTYN posts discuss flipped implementation with tips for promoting both out-of […]

3 ways to get your students to like doing homework in a flipped class

Close your eyes and imagine a place, on a planet far far away, where students relish doing challenging homework problems…on their own and smile while doing them; in fact, where they may even be inspired to do individual homework and have no compulsion to cheat. A cozy place where during most of a three hour lecture […]

How to describe some flipping techniques on your syllabus

It’s the Saturday before school starts for many of us. If you are anything like me, you have had the syllabus that’s going to transform your students’ lives complete for a full 2 months and are kicking back and relaxing on this fine holiday weekend. Fantasy over. Many people who are deciding to use flipped […]

How to measure if your students are learning in a flipped class

Peer Instruction Network member and Queens University Professor James M. Fraser  has been flipping his undergraduate physics classroom using Peer Instruction for many years. For his “outstanding knowledge, teaching ability and accessibility to students,” Fraser was awarded the 2012 Queens University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Fraser talks to Turn to Your Neighbor readers about using his training as […]

What to do on the first day of a flipped class?

School starts in two weeks! For Peer Instruction Network member Rafael Escudero, a professor of mathematics at Universidad del Norte in Baranquilla, Colombia, this reality hit four weeks early. Escudero is one in a small group of innovative faculty transforming their courses at Uninorte under the leadership of Peer Instruction Network member and founding director […]

How to use Peer Instruction…in Computer Science

The image of 25 lone kids with oversized, over-the-ear headphones eschew on their heads, eyes fixed and minds fixated on their computer screens, does not accurately depict today’s computer science classrooms. There is new, and significant, reform movement afoot in computer science that aims to build deep conceptual understanding of big ideas and key computer […]

Readings to prep for flipping your classroom with Peer Instruction

It is a month before the semester starts and you want to try flipping your classroom using Peer Instruction in the Fall. You’ve read the blog posts, gone through the Quick Start Guide, now are looking to snuggle up with a good journal article or two to do a bit more in-depth preparation. Here is a […]

How do you group students for productive conversations?

While lecture is still the mainstay in most classrooms, many instructors across the disciplines are onto the power of peer-to-peer learning. The typical cue for students to engage in peer discussion is usually something like, “get into groups of two or three and discuss” or specifically in Peer Instruction the prompt is, “Turn to Your […]

How do I get started with Peer Instruction? Part 1

One of the most common questions about Peer Instruction is “How do I get started?” This week, Peer Instruction Network member and mathematics instructor, Brian Lukoff, writes about a tool he has developed to help users get started writing questions.  by Brian Lukoff Postdoctoral Fellow, Mazur Group at Harvard University and Developer of Learning Catalytics […]

Choreography of a flipped classroom

How do flipped classrooms work? In a previous post, we wrote about a research-based strategy, Just-in-Time-Teaching, for motivating students to do the work of content coverage out of class. But, what happens in class? Peer Instruction (PI) is the researched-based method we use for targeting depth and uncovering misconceptions and misunderstandings during class. Peer Instruction Network  member Bernado, who teaches Marketing in […]

Does Peer Instruction Work in High Schools? Part 2

Last week, we heard from Peer Instruction Network member, Ryan Campbell, who teaches high school history using Peer Instruction. This is the second part in his 2-part series on how to adapt PI for use in high school settings.  The Ten Non-Commandments for adapting Peer Instruction to the high school setting: Part 2 in a […]

Does Peer Instruction Work in High Schools?

Post by Ryan Campbell with an introduction by Julie Schell, June 2012  Many Peer Instruction Network members wonder if PI works in high schools and how. For example, Andrew from Tomball, Texas wants to know – What does PI look like in high schools and member Janet from Falls Church, Virginia asks, how can PI  be well-integrated in high […]

Peer Instruction Network: The newest social network for innovative educators, everywhere

Harvard University researchers Eric Mazur and Julie Schell have developed a new social network for innovative educators, everywhere. Mazur and Schell founded Peer Instruction Network to cultivate the growing global community of current and potential users of Peer Instruction (PI) and other research-based pedagogies and learning technologies. The site has over 3,000 registered members from all over the world, looking to […]

Confessions of a Peer Instruction Rookie

This week we have a guest Blog post from Peer Instruction Network Member, Dr. Cassandre Alvarado. Turn to Your Neighbor readers will recognize her name  – we have been following Dr. Alvarado this semester, as she taught a graduate education class at The University of Texas at Austin using Peer Instruction for the first time. […]

What is exactly is a ConcepTest?

The centerpiece of Peer Instruction is the ConcepTest, sometimes referred to as a clicker question, other times simply as a question. ConcepTests, however, are more than mere questions. They are the fire, so to speak, that draws students’ attention and calls the students together to engage in the social learning activities that make Peer Instruction […]

How do you manage time in a flipped class?

Peer Instruction Network member (PINm) Arthur, who teaches intro physics at UMass Lowell asks, “what percent of the class time should be used for Peer Instruction?” And network member Mary who teaches nursing at Cayuga Community College asks “is there a specific time frame you find best for question/answer discussions?” How to manage time during […]

How to write and evaluate effective questions: Best Practices in Peer Instruction

One of the most frequently asked questions among Peer Instruction Network members (PINm) is “How do I write good questions?” This ubiquitous question is posed across the spectrum of Peer Instruction implementations – from expert to novice users, from faculty to instructional designers, among different disciplines, and within varying institutional types. PINms David Vakil an […]