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Note: This is a sample schedule only.  The start time, duration, and day of a specific event may change.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 am Welcome and Introduction Burning Questions Burning Questions Burning Questions Burning Questions
9:00 am Implementing Think-Pair-Share Teaching Strategy III Peer Mentoring and Evaluation Presentations
9:30 am Inclusion and Diversity
10:00 am Concerns with Active Learning
10:30 am
11:00 am Teaching Strategy I Strategic Planning Strategic Planning
11:30 am
noon lunch lunch lunch lunch lunch
12:30 pm
1:00 pm Scientific Teaching in Action Teaching Strategy II Burning Questions Practice Presentations Workshop with Administrators
1:30 pm Group Work
2:00 pm Backward Design Group Work
2:30 pm Group Work Burning Questions
3:00 pm Wrap-Up
3:30 pm
4:00 pm


Event Descriptions:

  • Welcome and Introduction: A kick-off event for the week.  Get to know everyone involved with and participating in the summer institute.
  • Inclusion and Diversity: We all want to create welcoming, inclusive, and diverse learning environments, but sometimes our teaching practices may inadvertently exclude some populations of students.  Hear first-hand accounts from students that have been excluded and learn how active learning can close achievement gaps and create equitable learning environments for all students.
  • Scientific Teaching in Action: Play the role of students in a sample class highlighting the use of multiple active learning techniques.
  • Backward Design: Learn how to create learning goals, assessments, and lessons that are tightly linked and reinforce one another.
  • Implementing Think-Pair-Share: How to effectively use in-class questions, student discussions with their peers, and classroom response technologies to improve student learning.
  • Teaching Strategies I-III: Custom design your summer institute experience!  Chose three different active learning strategies you would like to learn about, such as large group quantitative problem-solving, in-class writing, Makerspace activities, tutorials and ranking tasks, case studies, and course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs).
  • Peer Mentoring and Evaluations: Learn how to effectively evaluate lessons and provide constructive feedback to instructors using research-validated assessment strategies.
  • Burning Questions: An open-ended Q&A time to receive answers to any questions you might have from the workshop facilitators.
  • Concerns with Active Learning: Do you have any concerns about implementing active learning techniques in your classroom?  Now is the time to share and discuss those concerns with other participants.
  • Group Work: Collaborate with other participants and use your knowledge of active and inclusive teaching methods to design (or redesign) a lesson for one of your classes.
  • Presentations: Participants teach their lessons to each other and provide constructive feedback to their peers.
  • Strategic Planning: If your institution’s administration could do one thing to improve teaching, or your ability to be an effective teacher, what would you have them do?  Brainstorm with other participants on achievable actions that your administration could take.
  • Workshop with Administrators: Share your ideas from “Strategic Planning” with university administrators and collaborate on how to improve the culture surrounding teaching at your institution.