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    Copyright in the Classroom: Opening the Doors (and Windows) with Fair Use
    Friday, March 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 153 Murphy Library
    presented by Heather Jett, Access Services Librarian
     
    Are you breaking the law when you post that PDF? Heather Jett, Access Services Librarian at Murphy Library, will debunk a few myths about copyright law and the fair use doctrine and offer tips and tools for applying best practices when using copyrighted material in both face-to-face and online teaching environments. Following the brief presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion of best practices.

    Science of Learning Seminar: Prior Knowledge and Misconceptions
    Friday, March 6, 3:00-4:15 p.m., 153 Murphy Library
    presented by Bill Cerbin, CATL Director

    What is a student’s most important asset for learning? Certainly factors such as IQ, motivation, parental income, and the quality of the schools attended matter. But, what matters most for new learning is what students already know about the subject—their prior knowledge. As one group of researchers concluded, "Students’ prior knowledge significantly influences what they notice about the situation, how they organize and interpret it. This affects their ability to remember, reason, solve problems, and acquire new knowledge." (Bransford, Brown & Cocking, 1999). This session examines the role of prior knowledge in learning, and how teachers can uncover students’ prior knowledge and respond to prior knowledge problems such as poorly understood concepts, persistent student misconceptions, and gaps in prior knowledge.