2005 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Showcase

2:30-5:00 p.m., April 19, 2005
Mary Gates Commons

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Enhancing Learning in Laboratory Settings

Kris Bovy, Anthropology

I would like to discuss the (ongoing) results of my Huckabay Teaching Fellowship project. The main goals of my project are two-fold. First, I have begun the process of re-designing the lab portion of Archy 205 (Principles of Archaeology), the main introductory course in archaeology that is required by majors, to make them more integrated with the lecture portion of the course. Second, I am designing a website of teaching resources to be used by graduate student instructors of Archy 205. In the poster for the 2005 SoTL Showcase, I would focus on the first goal, re-designing the lab sections.

In the past Archy 205 labs have typically involved showing interesting artifacts to the students and discussing how they were made and used; these labs were generally popular with the students because they were hands-on. However, TAs and instructors have often complained that they were not well integrated with the overall course, and focused on simple content-related questions. Little feedback was provided to or from the students afterwards, and little assessment had been done to determine what the students learned from these activities. One of the main challenges in revising the labs, therefore, was to keep the hands-on object-based nature of the labs (which the students enjoyed), but to frame these activities in terms of larger questions or methods they were learning about in lecture. In some cases, I excluded labs if they were not related to the primary learning objectives for the course.

In the poster I will discuss the goals of my project and how I began the processing of revising the labs (e.g., talking to colleagues, faculty members, Huckabay mentors). In addition, since I am teaching Archy 205 this quarter, I will discuss the implementation and assessment of the labs.

Poster Session, 4:00-5:00 p.m.