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STS: Integrating Active Learning into Existing Lecture Sessions in 1-, 5-, 10-, or 20-minutes

In this interactive workshop, participants will experience multiple examples of how active learning can work in undergraduate courses, with a particular emphasis on biology and chemistry. Attendees will experience examples of how to integrate active learning in 1-minute, 5-minutes, 10-minutes, and 20-minutes that highlight common teaching strategies. In addition, participants will explore how student work produced during active learning can be systematically analyzed quickly to guide teaching decisions.

STS: Order Matters: Becoming Metacognitive about Teaching Choices and Aligning Teaching with How the Brain Learns

What teaching choices are we making as instructors, and why? How do we as instructors decide how to spend in-class time with students? To what extent do our teaching plans align with what is known about how the brain learns? What tools are available to become more analytical about our teaching choices and strategize for change? In this interactive workshop, participants will explore their current approaches to planning and reflecting on their teaching, as well as explore the 5E learning cycle model as an analytical tool for understanding teaching choices.

STS: Structure Matters: 21 Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Make Classrooms Fair and Inclusive

Teaching diverse populations of students requires instructors to construct learning environments that are inclusive and equitable. Research in psychology and other disciplines suggests that how students personally experience learning environments strongly influences engagement, motivation, sense of belonging, and conceptual learning. In this interactive workshop, participants will share a common experience as the basis for discussing how students may experience classroom environments differently from one another.

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.

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.

Professional & Academic Writing Winter

II: Professional & Academic Writing

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Winter Session: Tuesdays, February 9 - March 16, 1:00pm-3:00pm

This  course on academic writing for publication focuses on learning to write coherently, clearly, and concisely. It will also include some practice in writing effective emails, letters, and short proposals. The course includes two 30-minute individual tutorials with the instructor.

Oral Communication Winter

I: Oral Communication

Winter Session: Monday, February 1 - Thursday, February 4, 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.

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