In my classes, (whehever possible) I apply principles of the ‘Flipped classroom’, which consists in reversing the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional material before the classroom and by using the class to actively discuss the readings through polls, team work and debates (my personal hero on that matter is Physics professor Eric Mazur, this lecture sums it all up: Confession of a Converted Lecturer). I like to use Schoology, a platform that allows students and teachers to interact informally online (just like in a social media). Students post their remarks on the readings (either a textbook chapter or a scientific article), ask questions and raise problems before the class. This system allows to quickly identify which concepts are understood and which ones are problematic. We then use the system Poll Everywhere to stimulate discussions during class by asking questions which students answer using SMS - Poll Everywhere then displays the results and when opinions are split, students advocate for both sides and we steer the debate in the right direction if needed.
Here are the two courses I teach in 2016-2017 for the CogMaster at the ENS:
blocks in social cognition (CA11): The goal of this course is to better
understand the main cognitive systems involved in social cognition: perception of
social information, theory of mind, social categorization, social learning,
reputation management, social dominance and cooperation.
of evolutionary biology for the cognitive sciences (CA9): This
course aims to present the main concepts and tools needed to study cognition in
evolutionary terms. The focus will be on human psychology, but many examples
will be drawn from comparative psychology and animal ecology. The course will
focus on the social domain, but also will address issues such as sex, learning
or cultural differences.
And classes I taught in the past:February & April 2014: Invited Professor on Human Motivation at the OPEN MIND master program in cognitive science, University of Bucharest, Romania. The full syllabus be downloaded here.
March –April 2013: Invited Professor on Social Cognition at the OPEN MIND master program in cognitive science, University of Bucharest, Romania. The full syllabus be downloaded here.
September 2009 – January 2010: Introduction to cognitive psychology, BA and MA students, American University of Paris; France. The full syllabus can be downloaded here.