# The bi-weekly ODD seminar series at CCSE: Lex Nederbragt - Formative assessment and Peer Instruction in learning programming: examples from BIOS1100

It would be a mistake to assume that students have learned the thing you just presented to them. Formative assessment is thus concerned with informing both the teacher and the student about how much students understand about a topic, and discover any misunderstandings.

This seminar is part of the Odd seminar series at CCSE.

This allows for addressing misunderstandings promptly, which helps learners to progress through the material

Peer Instruction is an evidence-based method where students are actively discussing the material amongst themselves based on prompts provided by the teacher. The discussion amongst students is meant to help them learn the material.

In this presentation, I’ll show how I combine these two instructional designs when teaching programming to first-year Bioscience students taking the obligatory course BIOS1100. You’ll experience the technique first-hand in an example active-learning-exercise. I will explain then the theoretical and practical background of these designs and show some examples from BIOS1100.

## The bi-weekly ODD seminar series at CCSE

The Open Discussions on Didactics (ODD) is a seminar series on Tuesdays at 14.00 every other week (odd week numbers) on Zoom.

The seminar will be maximum one hour, often closer to half an hour. It is an informal arena to present and discuss learning theory, educational research and teaching experiences within computational science. To cater to the highly heterogeneous backgrounds and interests of students, teachers and researchers in our environment, we aim for seminars that introduce listeners to new ideas within a broad spectrum of aspects, and that invites reflection and discussion. Presentations need not be mature and polished - to the contrary we hope that as many as possible wants to share undigested observations and reflections in short presentations of varied form and topics. We hope to have enough contributions to frequently have the meetings as lightning talk sessions, where three different speakers will each give a 5-10-minute presentation followed by discussion.