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Brigham Young University's 15-Week University Course
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:00 PM -1:30 PM
  Author: R. Steven Turley, Brigham Young University
  Co-Author(s): Susan Gong , Tyler Jarvis
  Abstract: Brigham Young University's "15-Week University" course brought together students and faculty with diverse backgrounds and wide-ranging ability to experiment with learning principles as they applied to physics, calculus, English, and music. The challenge was to explore core ideas with enough depth and rigor to ensure that gains in learning could be retained, improved, and applied for long-term growth. A learning community emerged as everyone became a learner and teacher engaged in: 1) identifying key elements and core ideas, 2) maximizing resources through innovative use of technology, and 3) solving challenging problems that connected fundamental pinciples to concrete skills and personal values. Results included substantial (in some cases dramatic) increases in quantitative skills and writing ability, and enthusiasm for learning in general. The synergy of this wide-ranging learning experience happened as participants rotated their teacher/learner roles, connected ideas and information, and reframed their knowledge from multiple perspectives.
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