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Mar 17, 2023

Episode Title: Humor in the Classroom with Dr. Andrés Varhola

Show notes:

“His lectures were like watching a show on Netflix”: A success story of laugh tracks in prerecorded undergraduate lessons” with Dr. Andrés Varhola.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, teachers had to rapidly adapt to new, fully online teaching environments. For Andrés, who had a naturally humorous teaching style, he needed to not only find a way to teach his students well, but to do so in a way that still reflected his personal teaching philosophy. In this episode, Andrés discusses how the use of laugh tracks, memes, and a pleasant, light-hearted tone helped him and his students thrive.

Tune in to learn:

·        What research exists about the impact of humor on student performance and interest

·        What types of humor can be used in the classroom

·        How to balance different types of humor in lectures

·        How students responded to having laugh tracks and jokes in the lectures

If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here: https://doi.org/10.1002/nse2.20092

This paper is always freely available.

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If you would like to reach out to Andrés, you can find him here:
andres.varhola@ubc.ca
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/avarhola
Forestry Faculty profile:  http://profiles.forestry.ubc.ca/person/andres-varhola
Amazon profile:  https://amazon.com/author/avarhola

If you would like to reach out to Navdeep Godara from our Student Spotlight, you can find him here:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/godara_nav  
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/navdeep-godara-84b307171/  

Resources

Transcripts: https://www.rev.com/transcript-editor/shared/SZzyU-hdsrKDUqPbHxyjoOTDNxjX1BvP0WfUmsP_2BVoDILNV0C6G4JS3YNQ3iBLPFY-HfpFTPdUoVMlDKaiR7pr9pA?loadFrom=SharedLink

Examples of Humor from Andrés’ lectures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRe5_3Odwlo

Natural Sciences Education special section Covid-19 Forced Rapid Changes in Education, but Which Changes Should We Keep?: https://acsess.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/21688281/2022/51/2

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