Mar 17, 2023
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:
Forestry Faculty profile: http://profiles.forestry.ubc.ca/person/andres-varhola
Amazon profile: https://amazon.com/author/avarhola
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Godara from our Student Spotlight, you can find him here:
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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