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‘Speaking of Higher Ed’: MCG professor on grades, growth and engagement

Dan Kaminstein, MD, assistant dean for ultrasound education and professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, shares his expertise on the latest episode of Speaking of Higher Ed.

Kaminstein’s exposure to both Montessori and traditional education shapes his teaching approach, leading him to reflect on how students learn. Higher education presents challenges for both students and faculty.

Kaminstein employs an active learning approach in teaching, believing that students and faculty mutually benefit, creating a dynamic environment. Kaminstein shares insights on the growth mindset, encouraging students to perceive failure as a productive learning experience. This emphasis allows students to approach challenges as opportunities for growth and continuous improvement.

The discussion extends to Kaminstein’s challenge with grading systems. This episode explores practical strategies for fostering active learning, integrating a growth mindset and reimagining assessment without traditional grades. Kaminstein provides valuable perspectives on enhancing student engagement, promoting productive failure and aligning teaching methods with long-term learning goals.

Listen now on your favorite podcast app.

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The podcast is produced by the Center for Instructional Innovation at Augusta University.

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