Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Success in the Classroom Sharing Practices that Work" Conference & Workshop - February 19 & 20, 2014

Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College of Biological Science
Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
University of Minnesota

Robin Wright is Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College of Biological Sciences and Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at the University of Minnesota.  Over the past 21 years, she has mentored more than 100 undergraduate researchers.  She is currently working exclusively on undergraduate education research and initiatives.  Prof. Wright has experience teaching both large and small classes, including freshman seminars, large introductory biology courses, and skill-oriented courses for honors students.  She helped to develop and co-teaches in an orientation/enrichment course required for all 500 incoming freshmen in the college.  She has also been a leader in development of Foundations of Biology, an innovative, team-based introductory biology course for biological sciences majors. Prof. Wright is recognized nationally as a leader in the development of team-based, active-learning pedagogy in large (>100 seat) Active Learning Classrooms.  Among many contributions to life-science education scholarship, she is a member of the Advisory Committee for the HHMI/National Academies of Science-sponsored Summer Institute on Biology Education, and has served as a mentor and presenter at each annual workshop since the first one in 2003.  She is currently the founding editor of a new biology education journal, CourseSource, which will publish biology curriculum materials that are linked to learning outcomes established by biological sciences professional societies.  In 2012, she was named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
"Success in the Classroom Sharing Practices that Work"
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robin Wright

Space Matters!  How Active Learning Classrooms Affect Teaching and Learning 
Have you heard the excitement about UNM's Learning Studio classrooms? Last year, more than 12,000 undergraduates at the University of Minnesota took at least one class in similar “Active Learning Classrooms.”  In these classrooms, groups of 9 students sit at a round table that has access to a large LCD which they can control and a whiteboard panel for keeping notes.  Classrooms have from 5 to 21 tables, accommodating 45 to 171 students. There is no front or back in these rooms, and students can face each other as easily as they can face the teacher.  What happens in an Active Learning Classroom?  What is easier there? What is harder?  Is it worth the money?  In this interactive presentation, we’ll take a look at what Active Learning Classrooms can do to promote learner-centered teaching and explore why they do it. Then, you will want to set your goal to teach in a UNM Learning Studio! 
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CTE/STEM Gateway Workshop
Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Start Where You Are: Moving from Lecture to Active Learning
In this workshop, we’ll explore some effective strategies for designing learning activities that engage students and promote learning.  We’ll begin with a brief introduction, some examples, and a rubric.  Then each participant will begin to transform one of their favorite (or most challenging) lectures into an active learning modality.  Participants should bring a copy of the lecture they want to work on, in their format of choice (i.e. on their electronic device or printed out).  Participants will define their learning objectives and the type of assessments they would use to evaluate students’ mastery of those objectives.  Then they will map what students should do before class, what they still need to tell students, and what the students can do in class to achieve those objectives.  And consider how to have fun teaching this class and help students to have fun, too!
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