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Oral Communication Spring

I: Oral Communication

Spring Session: Monday, April 19 - Thursday, April 22, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Attendance is required ALL 4 Days

This course focuses on helping students improve their oral communication skills for academic and daily life. Emphasis is on increasing confidence and fluency through realistic activities both in and out of class covering pronunciation, idiom and slang usage, active listening skills, and conversation strategies.

Course topics:

STS: Applying Evidence-based Teaching Strategies Across Many Professional Settings and Careers

Evidence-based teaching strategies that foster inclusion, promote active learning, and enable assessment are highly applicable beyond classrooms and are relevant in most professional settings, including every career type in the sciences. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in a series of small group conversations with multiple scientific professionals pursuing a variety of science careers.

STS: Anticipating Misconceptions in Your Field: Teaching to Change Minds

Evidence suggests that learning is enhanced when instructors accurately anticipate learners' misconceptions. In this interactive workshop, participants will examine the broad impacts of a common misconception in the sciences. Participants will then collaborate to construct a bank of misconceptions to assist them in anticipating alternative ideas about their fields that they might encounter during classes, scientific presentations, and job talks.

Microteaching Symposium - Part II

There’s no substitute for practice when it comes to developing teaching skills. The Microteaching Symposium is your chance to learn evidence-based, inclusive teaching strategies and get practice and feedback running a classroom activity. Gain insights into how people learn and how to design activities accordingly during this special event.

**This is a two part workshop, taking place on April 6th and April 8th**

Microteaching Symposium - Part I: Tuesday, April 6, 4:00pm –5:30pm PT

Microteaching Symposium - Part I

There’s no substitute for practice when it comes to developing teaching skills. The Microteaching Symposium is your chance to learn evidence-based, inclusive teaching strategies and get practice and feedback running a classroom activity. Gain insights into how people learn and how to design activities accordingly during this special event.

**This is a two part workshop, taking place on April 6th and April 8th**

Microteaching Symposium - Part I: Tuesday, April 6, 4:00pm –5:30pm PT

Designing Your Postdoc - Canceled

Your postdoc training is more than just research! Apply design thinking to the wicked problem of a comprehensive postdoctoral training plan and make a bold plan that amplifies your interests and values as you transition to your career of choice. The work we do together will support new perspectives, identify mentoring needs, and ensure that your individual development plan is thoughtful and balanced.

Note: there is approximately an hour of required prework for this session. You will receive details for the prework upon registration.

Designing Your Postdoc

Your postdoc training is more than just research! Apply design thinking to the wicked problem of a comprehensive postdoctoral training plan and make a bold plan that amplifies your interests and values as you transition to your career of choice. The work we do together will support new perspectives, identify mentoring needs, and ensure that your individual development plan is thoughtful and balanced.

Note: there is approximately an hour of required prework for this session. You will receive details for the prework upon registration.

Pedagogy Journal Club: Alternative Teaching Methods that Focus on Connecting with Students Increases Engagement and Interest in Chemistry

Topic: Increasing Student Engagement in Chemistry

Required Readings:

Dietrich, N., Jimenez, M., Souto, M., Harrison, A.W., Coudret, C., Olmos, E. (2021). Using Pop-Culture to Engage Students in the Classroom. Journal of Chemical Education,98(2). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00233 -- LINK

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