The goal of the Mobile Summer Institute is to improve undergraduate education. This will be achieved by a) training faculty in effective, evidence-based, teaching strategies; b) facilitating reflective practices through peer mentoring and evaluation and c) facilitating strategic planning to reform educational practices at the host institution. This institute is modeled after the National Academies Summer Institute and is meant to extend the impact of that successful, nationally renowned professional development workshop and promote broader adoption of reformed pedagogies and promote institutional reform in education.
By the end of the institute, you will have:
practiced a variety of evidence-based teaching strategies through workshops, presentations and group work
worked as a team to create teaching materials that implement these strategies
begun to shift your focus from content and teaching to outcomes and learning
practiced peer evaluation to promote reflective teaching practices
The MoSI Approach
Scientific teaching provides a framework for making our classrooms more learner-focused and our curricula more richly representative of the nature and process of science. Scientific teaching encompasses three core themes: inclusivity, active learning, and assessment. Over the course of the week, you will implement strategies that address each of these themes into your teaching material.
Charles Henderson’s four categories of strategies for change provide the model for the institutional change approach used by the mobile version of the Summer Institutes. In addition to the proven training paradigm provided by the pedagogy workshop, the MoSIs provide training in peer evaluation to drive long-term reflective teaching, facilitated strategic planning to leverage newly gained expertise toward educational reform and an administrator’s workshop to foster buy-in and support of local policy makers.