Shifting to Remote Learning: Student Reflection Surveys and Recorded and Live Instruction Decisions

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Dr. Monfared talks about how her in-person teaching will change from her experience teaching remotely, and the different formats she used for remote learning this past spring. She discusses weekly Canvas surveys capturing some of the active learning she does in class, finding that she wants to keep these weekly surveys when in-person instruction returns. Reasons for this include being able to ask fun questions and finding that students have said they appreciate having time to reflect on the class every week. She also talks about what she has found to be the benefits of asynchronous video versus synchronous instruction, as well as the drawbacks for each.

About the presenter:


Dr. Mona Monfared is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, where she teaches biochemistry lecture courses and conducts research in the realm of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Her pedagogy interests include incorporating written assignments into large biochemistry courses to promote engagement and practice with communication and peer review. Mona received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and worked in the biotech industry in the SF Bay Area for several years before joining the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD program at UC Davis. She did her postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and has been an instructor at St. Mary’s College, Holy Names University, Santa Clara University, and UC Berkeley Extension.

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