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Monday, October 18 • 1:00pm - 1:25pm
Open Pedagogy as a Tool to Increase Confidence and Lower Anxiety in Science Courses

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Students who enter general education science courses have a vast diversity of experiences when they walk into the classroom on the first day of class. Indifference and past experiences can result in students with low confidence in and high anxiety about their ability to succeed in an undergraduate science course, especially when in a class with students who have more positive previous experiences. As many open practitioners know, Open Pedagogy projects can unleash student voices - and as a result increase their confidence, lower their anxiety, and increase their interest in a course that they may not understand or appreciate at the beginning of a semester. This presentation will present preliminary research of the effects of Open Pedagogy and associated teaching practices on student confidence and anxiety in science in an undergraduate, nonmajors science course. Fifty percent of the allotted class time is centered around an open pedagogy project where students develop and/or redesign websites that are subsequently used in lieu of a traditional textbook in future semesters. Pre/Post quantitative data that has been collected for two semesters (Fall 2020 and Summer 2021) and qualitative data will be presented. It will be appropriate for any open practitioner to attend, but especially those interested in the outcomes of using open pedagogy in any course, not just science courses.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe an example of an open pedagogy project in a general education science course
  • Understand how open pedagogy can influence confidence and anxiety in students

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Heather Miceli

Lecturer, General Education, Roger Williams University
Interests: Open pedagogy in science courses, Adjunct support systems

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Monday October 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:25pm EDT
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