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Best Practices in STEM Conference-2013

Location: 
ALL CAMPUS
Contact: 
Dr. Tom Neal
Dates: 
Thu, Aug 22, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Description 

The 7th Annual Best Practices in STEM Teaching Conference will be held on August 22, 2013. The program is designed for university or technical college STEM instructors who wish to enhance student learning in and out of their classrooms and laboratories, and for higher education administrators who hope to improve student learning within the STEM disciplines at their institutions. 

Full Workshops:

Full workshops are 45 minutes long and will include a focus on teaching students who are enrolled in 1st or 2nd year STEM courses. Topics may include: 

  • Increasing students’ quantitative literacy
  • Supplemental instruction, tutoring, or peer lead instruction
  • Instruction using POGIL
  • Connecting students to co-curricular programming
  • Incorporating specific success strategies into the class
  • Teaching a class that is linked to another class or classes
  • Evaluating or assessing student learning
  • Developing a new approach to a class or to a particular aspect of the class
  • Using the internet and/or electronic discussion boards to enhance classroom instruction
  • Use of other technology in the classroom 
  • Innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the laboratory
  • Including service-learning or community service as part of learning
  • Undergraduate research
  • Development of Honors as part of the course
  • Unique design or redesign of courses
  • Distance education, blended, or interdisciplinary studies courses

Lightning-Round Workshops:

Lightning-round sessions are 20 minutes in length. Lightning-round sessions are meant to highlight teaching concepts that may only take a few minutes to explain, and that would be of benefit for other instructors to implement. Topics may include:

  • Fast and easy grading
  • Classroom icebreakers
  • Unique ways of quizzing students
  • Incorporating specific success strategies into the class
  • Methods for creating functional student classroom or laboratory groups
  • Evaluating or assessing student learning
  • Developing a new approach to a particular aspect of the class
  • Using the internet and/or electronic discussion boards to enhance classroom instruction
  • Use of other technology in the classroom
  • Innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the laboratory
  • Slick way of showing a laboratory technique

GIFTS Marketplace/Poster Session

Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS) sessions and posters will be presented over the afternoon break, as part of the GIFTS Marketplace. These sessions are designed to allow the discussion of materials, such as handouts and models, in a one-on-one or small group environment.  

REGISTRATION:

Downloadable Registration Form

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING AT THE CONFERENCE?

Information About Submitting Proposals
All proposals are due no later than Friday, July 12, 2013.

STEM conference participants