Event Types: STEM Pedagogies Workshop

Inclusive Undergraduate Research Mentoring

December 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

This workshop is designed to give undergraduate mentors a framework for crafting effective and productive research mentoring relationships. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to describe the benefits of mentoring for both mentees and mentors, implement characteristics of successful research mentoring, and create a plan for effective undergraduate mentoring. This workshop will take place via […]

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Developing Effective Assessments

December 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Assessing student learning is a critical component of effective teaching. Effective assessments provide both the student and the instructor with important feedback for determining if students are meeting the established learning goals. Assessments can be formative (lower stakes and ungraded) or summative (high stakes and graded). Participants in this workshop will discuss key principles of […]

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Designing Collaborative Learning Materials

December 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Using collaborative learning in your classroom is one way to increase student participation and engagement.  However, choosing to use collaborative learning brings with it a new challenge—designing collaborative learning activities and corresponding materials that are transparent, inclusive, and the right fit for the course. In this workshop, participants will discuss best practices for designing collaborative […]

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Philosophy and Implementation of Collaborative Learning

December 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Education research suggests that students acquire and retain knowledge most effectively by engaging in collaborative learning groups with peers. In this workshop, we will discuss the structure and philosophy behind a number of formal evidence-based, collaborative group structures such as POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning), TBL (Team-Based Learning), and PBL (Problem-Based Learning). Participants will also learn […]

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Fostering a Growth Mindset

June 3, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

A growth mindset sees learning as a continuous process of risk-taking, reflection, and refinement. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn how to develop and incorporate instructional strategies that can create inclusive learning environments and foster growth mindset thinking in STEM classrooms. Facilitator: Dr. Denise Leonard, Associate Director, Academic Services, The Teaching Center

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Inclusive Teaching in STEM

June 3, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

In this advanced-level workshop, participants will learn about key research findings that shed light on the experiences of diverse undergraduates in STEM fields. Issues to be addressed include “stereotype threat,” assumptions, and biases—and how these phenomena can affect student achievement and the retention of students in STEM majors. The workshop will culminate in an opportunity […]

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Introduction to Team-Based Learning

May 21, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a collaborative learning approach where students prepare to engage with course content before class and then spend class time working through application-based problems in teams. In this workshop, participants will learn about the benefits of using the core TBL structure, while experiencing what it is like to be a student in […]

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Teaching Students How to Read and Critically Evaluate Scientific Literature

May 21, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Learning how to critically read and interpret scientific literature is an important skill for students to gain in their education and necessary for their continued success in STEM fields. However, as instructors, we must recognize that this is a new style of writing that students may be unfamiliar reading or evaluating. In this workshop, we […]

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Universal Design for Learning

December 11, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) was first described by the CAST group in the 1990s as “a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all”. Through this workshop participants will learn about the three major tenants of UDL—considering the why, what, and how of learning. […]

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Incorporating Active Learning in Lectures

December 11, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Active learning has been defined as learning that “engages students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert. It emphasizes higher-order thinking and often involves group work.” Freeman, S., et al. (2014). Research overwhelmingly supports the shift from passive learning environments to more active […]

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