Vacant seats in the workshop “Identifying student difficulties” with Prof. Christian Kautz

Instruction in foundational science and engineering courses often does not lead to a thorough understanding of the key topics in the respective subject for the majority of the students.  In part, this is due to the presence of very specific and prevalent conceptual difficulties. In this workshop, the participants will characterize one particular example of such a ‘misconception’, generalize their findings, and explore how they can identify similar student difficulties in their own subjects.  These results are taken as a starting point to look at teaching methods that help students develop a better understanding of key concepts and overcome common difficulties.  In addition, we will discuss the implications for the role of the instructor and the amount of material covered in a course and how class time can be used most effectively.


  • Identifying and diagnosing specific student difficulties
  • Instructional methods to strengthen conceptual understanding
  • Adjusting or refocusing course content and coverage
  • Reconsidering the role of the instructor

In the afternoon, we invite the participants to explore student difficulties and possible instructional strategies in the context of their own courses through individual consultations.

time: Thursday, 11th of July, 09:30-12:30; optional: individual consultations 14:00 – 16:00.

place: Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3, room E 4.033

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