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7: Scholarly Teaching

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    Workshop Overview

    Scientific teaching is at its core an evidence-based pedagogical approach.  Consulting education literature to determine which teaching strategies to use and gathering evidence to determine how well those strategies work in your classroom are critical steps when developing effective learning environments. This workshop explores various types of data that instructors can gather to evaluate student learning in order to facilitate the development of course evaluation plans by participants. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Participants will be able to:

    • Determine aspects of your teaching or student learning that you would like to assess
    • Identify metrics with which to gather evidence pertaining to the selected aspects of teaching/learning
    • Develop an evaluation plan to deploy the metrics to evaluate the selected aspects of teaching/learning in one of your courses

    Key Terms

    • Scholarly teaching
    • Evaluation
    • Assessment
    • Qualitative data
    • Quantitative data
    • Concept inventories
    • Perception surveys
    • Normalized learning gains

    Active Learning/Formative Assessment Strategies

    • Small group discussion/breakout rooms
    • Whole class discussion
    • Practice using peer observation metrics
    • Development of a course evaluation plan



    Are your students learning what you want them to learn?  How do you know?  In preparation for this workshop, think about these three questions:

    1. What knowledge do you want your students to gain from your class?
    2. What types of skills (e.g. life skills, learning skills, technical skills) would you like students to acquire? and
    3. What affective or behavioral changes would you like to see your students exhibit (e.g. improved critical thinking, increased confidence or enthusiasm for your discipline, identifying as a professional in your area, becoming a more civically engaged citizen) at the end of your course?

    We will explore different types of data that we can collect in all types of teaching environments to help us evaluate changes in pedagogy and to inform iterative rounds of course revisions. 

    During Workshop


    1. Course Evaluation Plan development: Visit the Scholarly Teaching Google folder then go to the folder for your institution.
      • Open the Course Evaluation Plan Google doc and following instructions.
        • You will claim a row, name it and respond to the prompts to develop your course evaluation plan.
        • Use the resources and links embedded in the Google doc to help you develop your plan.
      • You can download a copy for easy access when you are ready to implement and also revisit your plan in the Google folder at any time. 

    Session Slides

    Scholarly Teaching Slide Deck

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