Sunday, August 5, 2007: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Almaden Blrm I, San Jose Hilton
WK 9 - Scientific teaching and interactive learning: Strategies to maximize student understanding in the biological sciences
We invite postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and early career faculty to participate in a workshop modeling scientific teaching, learning, and assessment in undergraduate science courses. We especially want to meet the needs of these future faculty and faculty early in their teaching careers. The workshop is based on current research about undergraduate science curriculum reform, how students learn, and how assessment improves student learning. We will focus on teaching in both large and small courses and address the hows and whys to 1) actively engage students in learning in classroom and laboratory environments; 2) use cooperative learning; 3) develop multiple kinds of assessments based on goals that provide substantive data about student learning; 4) analyze and use assessment data to improve instruction; 5) use technology-based tools to improve learning; and 6) use an assessment database. We also will address the realities of time (again and again), student course evaluations, faculty evaluations, and establishment of networks for intellectual and practical support in teaching. By the end of the workshop, participants should be ready to design their first course and implement these ideas on the first day of class. The fee includes lunch and snacks. For more information please contact: Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University, 517-432-7171,
Organizer:Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University
Co-organizer:Janet Batzli, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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