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Behind the 15-Week University
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:30 PM -2:00 PM
  Author: Susan Gong, Brigham Young University
603 743-1447, spgong@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): Steve Turley
  Abstract: The 15-Week U was an experience of re-imagining classroom relationships, content, and time. Rather than treating the inevitable spread in ability and background as a hindrance, this class emphasized and heightened the differences by shifting learner and teacher roles. Teachers from the various disciplines of the course became model learners as the topics shifted. Students with certain strengths became teachers as the course emphasis changed. Such shifts created a rich source of individualized input for every member of the community and multiplied the sources of energy and motivation for learning. The interdisciplinary nature of the course meant that content was viewed from multiple perspectives. Rather than dilute content, this framework intensified both quantitative and non-quantitative thinking. Students with little science background made surprising leaps forward in their engagement and competence, and students with a stronger background consolidated the magnified their grasp of skills and subject matter.
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