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Leading the Masses: Observations and Anecdotes From Teaching Large Intro-Level Classes

The Center for Teaching Excellence presents a Seminar by Lynette Hudiburgh, 2017 E. Philip Knox Award Winner

In this workshop we will discuss pedagogical techniques and best practices for creating a learner-centered environment in a large-lecture setting. Issues such as motivating students to prepare for class, encouraging student engagement and participation in class, and building learning communities will be addressed. Participants will have an opportunity to share their frustrations, challenges, and successes in teaching large classes.

Lynette Hudiburgh is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Miami University. Her passion is helping introductory statistics students learn using the best active learning methods. She embraces her work as a mentor helping graduate teaching assistants and colleagues to develop and implement active student learning strategies and best practices in their courses. After a 15 year distinguished high school mathematics teaching career, she embarked on a new adventure, leaving friends and family in Colorado and moving to Ohio. She has been at Miami University for 6 years. She was instrumental in reinvigorating MU’s Sonia Kovalevsky Day and re-branding it as Careers Involving Quantitative Skills (CIQS) Day. This annual event focuses on attracting high school women, particularly from underrepresented groups, to the possibility of a career involving quantitative skills. In the last three years, a total of more than 400 high school women have attended. For the last four years she has served as an Advanced Placement (AP) reader, assisting in scoring the AP Statistics exam. She has also contributed questions for the next AP Statistics exam. Her research interests include statistics education, attracting women to technical fields and empowering them to persist, and blended and online learning. She is currently the coordinator for Introduction to Business Statistics (STA 125), an algebra-based introductory statistics course (STA 261), and CIQS Day. She is the recipient of the 2017 E. Phillips Knox Distinguished Teaching Award. She obtained her MS in Applied Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Northern Colorado.

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