UCL Centre for Engineering Education


Multiple Representations for STEM subjects - applications from the learning sciences

22 October 2018, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Centre for Engineering Education and the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics Lunchtime Seminar

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff




Paula Broome


1.02 Malet Place Enginnering Building
Gower Street

Graphs, diagrams, formulae, numbers and verbal descriptions form the vocabulary of STEM experts in describing phenomena encountered either in the laboratory or the natural world. Whereas students of STEM disciplines might form various internal representations that constitute their memory and comprehension of knowledge structure, as instructors we must often rely on the external representations they share with us through written exercises or examination scripts as evidence of their learning. In this talk, I shall present my perspective on the value of multiple representations from a SoTL study in introductory physics at a regional public university in the United States and explore a special case of an established active learning technique (Interactive Lecture Demonstrations) to foster student learning in this area. I shall reference the learning sciences framework from How People Learn (1999), the physics education research literature and tie into recent European work on orchestration from the field of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL). 

About the Speaker

Dr S Raj Chaudhury

Executive Director at University of Southern Alabama