WHAT TO EXPECT
What will I learn from attending a Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching?
The Summer Institute curriculum enables participants to answer the following questions:
What is scientific teaching? What are some challenges I might need to address in implementing scientific teaching strategies?
How can I create and sustain a more inclusive learning environment for my students through scientific teaching?
How can scientific evidence inform the teaching practices that I implement?
How can I use backward design to align learning objectives, assessments, and active learning strategies?
What modes of assessment can I use to promote student learning and inform instruction?
How does cognitive science research lay the foundation for the scientific teaching approaches and practices to use in my classroom?
How can I implement and disseminate scientific teaching in my community?
What will I do at a Summer Institute?
Engage in teaching and learning through sessions that model scientific teaching, use of supporting evidence from the literature, and inclusive teaching
Activities may include interactive presentations, mini-seminars, group work, discussions with other participants, and opportunities for reflection
Work in small groups with peers from other colleges and universities, along with a trained facilitator, to develop instructional materials
Design and adapt instructional materials with clearly defined learning goals that integrate themes of active learning, assessment, and inclusive teaching
Present instructional materials to other participants for feedback and review; revise materials for dissemination where appropriate
What is required of me as a Summer Institute participant?
Actively engage in all workshops and events for the entire Institute
Incorporate scientific teaching practices into your teaching during the academic year after attending, through use of the instructional materials developed at the Institute and/or adapting the principles learned into your own teaching
Participate in follow-up evaluation activities (e.g. surveys) during the academic year after attending
Attend a one-day follow-up meeting (at least one member of each institutional team)
What is strongly encouraged of me as a Summer Institute participant?
Present your teachable tidbit or experiences from the Summer Institute at a departmental meeting/event or a disciplinary conference
Coordinate, or recruit a colleague to coordinate, a scientific teaching workshop for faculty, postdocs, or graduate students during the academic year or following summer after attending the Institute
What is provided to me by the Summer Institute program?
Experienced facilitators and presenters to provide advice and expertise to help participants develop and hone teaching materials
Resources to help you develop and evaluate teaching skills and instructional materials
Access to teaching materials developed by previous Summer Institute participants
A newsletter and website to connect with the national network of Summer Institute alumni
What is required of my home institution in order to attend a Summer Institute?
A letter of institutional support as part of the application process
Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for participants to attend the Summer Institute and a one-day follow-up meeting at the Institute site. (Please note: Subsidies are available for participants from community colleges and teaching-intensive institutions at Helmsley-funded Summer Institutes. Prior to applying, please contact the individual Summer Institute site leader for more information.)
Support and encouragement of teaching development in participant’s home department and throughout campus
How will I be different after a Summer Institute?
After attending a Summer Institute, participants will be able to…
Articulate elements of scientific teaching
Improve their ability to use education literature to support teaching practices
Apply evidence-based teaching practices
Address/confront misconceptions about teaching and learning
Be inspired to implement scientific teaching
Appreciate evidence-based practices
Recognize that diversity influences teaching and learning
Commit to incorporating scientific teaching practices
Be empowered to transform their students’ learning
Implement backward design when developing courses and/or curricula
Employ inclusive teaching strategies that value diversity in the classroom
Use a variety of assessments to measure student learning
Incorporate active learning exercises to engage students
Develop short-term and long-term plans for implementation and dissemination
Become part of a national community of scientific teachers
Advocate for scientific teaching on their home campuses
Consider opportunities to lead scientific teaching initiatives regionally and/or nationally
How do I apply?
Visit our application page for more information.