How Are Students Expected To Use A Textbook?
Students are encouraged to read their textbook before and after lecture, but do they? Elon professor Joel Karty discusses the pedagogical features in his new textbook–Display Text and Your Turn exercises–that have helped motivate his students to read, often weeks before lecture, and that he believes gives students more control over their own learning.
How Do Students Respond to the Mechanistic Organization?
Elon professor Joel Karty discusses his observations of how students seem to have more understanding, command, and control of their organic chemistry education when taught via the mechanistic organization. Prof. Karty also talks about being pleasantly surprised by the more interesting questions that students ask after learning elementary steps.
Other Benefits to Mechanistic Organization
Elon professor Joel Karty discusses how he believes a mechanistic organization allows him to have increased expectations about student involvement in lecture. Prof. Karty talks about his use of clicker questions within lecture, and how his mechanistic organization allows him to present questions that test students’ emergent thinking:
Why did Elon professor Joel Karty decide to author a textbook organized by mechanisms? Prof. Karty talks about how his frustration with teaching from a traditional, functional-group organized textbook spurred him to reorganize his course and to write his book:
The Advantages of Mechanistic Organization
What does it mean to be a mechanistically organized textbook? What advantages does a mechanistic organization offer? Prof. Karty explains: