A student-focused method to quantitative teaching in the pandemic

Dr Collin Payne, School of Demography

Structuring lectures for online learning requires a very different approach than in-person teaching. My presentation will discuss a case-study from my graduate-level quantitative methods course, where I moved from having separate lecture and tutorial sessions to a blended approach. My approach centred on generating short (~15 minute), single-topic focused lecture videos, which directly tied into hands-on work using and interpreting data. Given the chaos of the semester I used an approach that was both interactive and had no synchronous component, allowing my students to work at their own pace but still stay on track. I’ll discuss what worked, and what didn’t, in my move to online teaching, and how this approach may work well for other types of courses.

Speaker Bio

Dr Collin Payne is a Lecturer in the ANU School of Demography, and an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. His substantive research centres on the intersections between population ageing and population health, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of chronic health conditions, frailty, and multimorbidity over time and across generations. He also conducts methodological research on multistate models and demographic microsimulation. Payne received his PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University School of Public Health.


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