Effective Use Of Dry Erase Boards/Walls In Active Learning Spaces

  • Padhu Seshaiyer George Mason University


Location: JC Room G

With the age of digital revolution, institutions of higher education have to constantly come up with meaningful ways to engage students in learning within the classroom using traditional or dry erase boards. To successfully accomplish this, we must learn to make the classroom place of teaching both academic and social; to make the profession of teaching both instruction and facilitation and; to make the role of students not just as consumers of education but producers of information. Taking advantage of physical resources, such as a writable whiteboard space can provide us an unobtrusive way to engage with students while also offering a way to understand their use of the physical space. The goal of this teaching activity is to engage the participants in a quick teaching activity showcase whereby we can not only learn together and share best practices to enhance our pedagogical practices but also support 21st century thinking in the material classroom. Through a shared experience we hope to engage the participants in this session in an inquiry-based approach to problem solving. Come and learn how one can use the dry erase boards effectively to engage student learning.

Author Biography

Padhu Seshaiyer, George Mason University

**University Teaching Excellence Award Winner and 4-VA Grant Recipient**

Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Science, is a tenured Professor of Mathematical Sciences at GMU and serves as the Director of COMPLETE (Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology). He also oversees the STEM Accelerator Program that supports program activities to help with recruitment, retention, on-time graduation and workforce development in STEM. His research interests are in the broad areas of computational mathematics, scientific computing, computational bio-mechanics and STEM education. During the last decade, Dr. Seshaiyer initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels. In April 2019, he was selected as one of the “Figures that Matter” for his contributions to Academia and Society and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

3:35pm-3:50pm Teaching Activity Showcase