As the world changes, so must our classrooms. Now more than ever, our students require authentic learning experiences that connect the content of their science courses to real world problems— not only to foster skills that allow them to enter the rapidly evolving workforce, but to participate in their communities as effective citizens. Faculty need time, space, structure, and community to “refresh” their learning in ways that invigorate their disciplinary knowledge and expertise—while leveraging precious workshop time to produce new materials to use in their classrooms.
Overview of Workshop Series
Working with scientists and educators at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), we have designed a three phase workshop series focused around two big data sets—one health and one environment. Working with ISB scientists and colleagues from across the CTC system, faculty will collaboratively design, develop, test, and refine new materials to use in their classrooms.
Primary Faculty Learning Outcome
To increase faculty content knowledge and pedagogical strategies for integration of computational thinking (e.g., access to, integration of, and analysis of big data) into undergraduate biology experiences.
Phase I: Learning and Initial Design
Workshop Date: October 16th, 2015
Phase II: Materials Development
Workshop Date: January 29th, 2016
Phrase III: Reflection and Refinement
Workshop Date: April 22nd, 2016
Who Should Attend?
The ideal team will consist of 3 to 5 faculty members who teach the diversity of undergraduate biology courses offered by Washington State CTCs. Depending on institutional potentials for collaboration, Chemistry and Statistics faculty, as well as other STEM faculty, may benefit.
College sends one faculty member to attend the series of three workshops— $450 flat fee.
College sends more than one faculty member to attend the series of three workshops— $390 per faculty member.