Course Preview – An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

Course Preview – An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

October 14, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


There are many different ways to approach
teaching in the college or university STEM classroom: lectures, labs, group work, team-based learning, problem-based learning, and more. As a STEM educator, whether you’re a grad student or postdoc planning a faculty career or a current STEM faculty member leading classes and labs, how can you sift through the wide variety of teaching methods available to find the ones that work best for you and your students. You don’t have to rely on intuition or personal experience to answer this
challenge. Research on teaching and learning provides evidence for the effectiveness of
different teaching strategies in different learning contexts. You can
draw on this research to make more informed teaching choices, helping you and your
students to be more successful in the classroom. This course will provide you with an
introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching practices. You’ll learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and you’ll apply what you learn to the design of lessons and assignments that you can use in future teaching opportunities. You’ll be a more informed and confident
teacher, equipped for greater success in the
classroom. This course is designed and taught by a group
experts from across the United States, including experienced in-faculty,
educational researchers, and staff from University teaching centers. On our own campuses, we help current and future STEM faculty
develop and refine their teaching skillls and we’re drawing on that experience to put this course together In this course, you will play an active
role by reflecting on your own experience as a learner, observing and discussing examples of
classroom practice, and sharing your ideas for and perspectives on STEM teaching with a
learning community this course will create. We’ll ask you to take the concepts and
techniques discussed in the course and apply them to your own teaching
practice by brainstorming classroom applications and drafting sample lesson plans. You’ll receive
feedback from your peers and have the chance to interact with the
team of educators producing the course for discussion forums and virtual office
hours. Please join us for an introduction to evidence-based
undergraduate STEM teaching. Our hope is that the diversity of participants in this course will bring unique perspectives and
experiences that will contribute to each of us becoming more effective teachers. See you soon.