The Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series extends the learning and dialogue that occurs at the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching into a year-round community that supports and inspires evidence-based teaching. Each month, the SI community will be invited to attend an interactive webinar related to the practice and/or dissemination of scientific teaching. The webinar will be facilitated by someone experienced in that area, integrating significant time for questions and open discussion. The webinar is open to all Summer Institutes alumni, facilitators, leaders and friends.
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Backward Design Within a Course and Across a Curriculum
Friday, March 10, 3-4 PM Eastern Time (12-1PM Pacific Time)
Featured Guest: Clarissa Dirks, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, The Evergreen State College, and author of Assessment in the College Science Classroom
Facilitator: Beth Luoma, Ph.D., Helmsley STEM Education Program Director, Yale University
When sitting down to plan a course, it may be tempting as instructors to consider what we would like to “cover,” from including our favorite textbooks on the syllabus to planning lectures on the topics and concepts we find the most exciting. But is this the best way to design a course for our students? In this second installment of the Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar series, Clarissa Dirks will briefly introduce participants to backward design – a goal-driven, student-centered approach to course and curriculum planning that aligns learning objectives, assessments and learning activities. After defining what backward design is, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges they have encountered (or might expect to encounter) implementing backward design in their teaching.
Tune into the webinar at 3 PM EST on Friday, March 10, joining in on the Zoom link provided here: https://zoom.us/j/535607497