For this hands-on course, each participant received a copy of Wood's book Lecture-Free Teaching: A Learning Partnership between Science Educators and their Students (NSTA Press, 2009). The first half of the course was a simulation of a typical lecture-free class during which Wood demonstrated the interplay of student preparation before class, cooperative learning, and classroom assessment techniques to achieve course content identical to that of a lecture-based course. During the second half, participants discussed and followed the steps to lecture-free teaching to plan their own course revisions or to design a new course.
Wood participated in several other events during the four-day conference including her election to the Board of the Society for College Science Teachers (SCST), on which she will serve as a Councilor-At-Large for two years; a book-signing organized by her publisher, NSTA Press; and an evening reception for NSTA authors. She also gave a presentation at one of the SCST sessions titled Serendipity: Student-Led Teaching Models and was a speaker for a symposium titled Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science at which she discussed a chapter she contributed to a book of the same title.
Dr. Wood next traveled to New York City and from there to Newark, New Jersey, as an invited speaker at a one-hour presentation on Lecture-Free Teaching to Biology Department faculty and graduate students at Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.