calendar of upcoming events

Oct
24
Tue
Online Course: Creating Assessments for the STEM Classroom @ Online
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Creating an assessment tool that measures your intended student learning outcomes is critical. You don’t know if you have achieved the learning outcome unless you’ve properly measured it! This 7-week course is intended to help participants learn and develop skills associated with creating and implementing assessments particular to STEM courses. Each week, students will have pre-reading assignments related to the assessment topic and a short assignment to complete prior to attending the weekly synchronous session. Each synchronous session will review aspects of the technique (i.e., development issues, implementation and administration, when best to apply, etc.), provide examples, and give participants the opportunity to work in small groups on developing their own assessments. The last session will be devoted to learning how to use the data from the various assessments to guide instruction.

 

Learning Objectives

1. Become literate in assessment terminology

2. Determine which assessments might work best for different types of learning objectives

3. Become familiar with and learn how to develop common assessments: surveys, rubrics, test questions, clicker questions

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 11:30AM – 1:00PM ET / 10:30AM – 12:00PM CT / 9:30AM – 11:00AM MT / 8:30AM – 10:00AM PT on Tuesdays, starting October 3 and ending November 28. Class will not meet on Tuesday, October 10 or on Tuesday, November 21.

 

Workload

Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 1-2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 30 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/169/about

Online Course: The College Classroom – Teaching Inclusively @ Online
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

As an instructor, how can you show that you care, and contribute to the success of an increasingly diverse student body (e.g., race, gender, socio-economic status, career stage, age, etc.)? Join us in this course as we address these questions, and build your skills to promote the academic success of all students in your current and future classrooms. Through readings, discussions, case scenarios, and the development of an inclusive micro-teaching plan, we will reflect on and develop practical strategies to address critical issues of diversity that impact college students and their educational success. This course is focused on the practical application of learning about teaching inclusively. Emphasis in the course will be placed on real-time strategies for both addressing hot moments, microaggressions and difficult conversations in the classroom, and for planning an effective, inclusive teaching session.

 

As a result of taking this course, participants will:

1. Develop an appreciation for the experiences of diverse learners in higher education;

2. Demonstrate understanding of diversity, equity and inclusivity as they relate to teaching and student learning;

3. Practice addressing – in real time – difficult conversations in the classroom;

4. Recognize the range of inclusive pedagogical practices and develop the ability to implement one or more in a classroom setting;

5. Develop and demonstrate an inclusive micro-teaching plan.

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 2PM – 4PM ET / 1PM – 3PM CT / 12PM – 2PM MT / 11AM – 1PM PT on Tuesdays, starting October 3 and ending November 28.

Workload

Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 1-2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 30 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/172/about

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching 10/10/17 @ TBD
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Description: The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is designed to provide you with effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, as well as how to collect and analyze evidence of student learning. The online course provides you with videos and asynchronous interaction with CIRTL participants across the network. The UCLA in-person Learning Community is a supportive, interactive environment to practice the theory.

 

CIRTL Fall Programming is here! To access all courses, workshops, and events, please create a log-in and register on the CIRTL Commons

**For a complete list of courses, workshops, and events being offered: **

https://ceils.ucla.edu/cirtl-at-ucla/how-to-participate-in-cirtl/

 

 

RSVP Links:

  • The online Intro MOOC runs October 2 – Nov. 17th

Registration for the online course here: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-evidence-based-bux-cirtl-1x-2

 

  • The MOOC in-person Learning Community will meet on Tuesdays, for 8 weeks, beginning October 10th from 12-1:30 pm. Snacks provided.

Sign up by September 25th here: https://goo.gl/forms/1KGqPr0OIvsy9huf2

 

 

 

Online Workshop: Qualitative Research Primer – Using Narrative Data in Your Teaching-as-Research Project
Oct 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Teaching-as-Research involves taking a deliberate and systematic approach to investigating, reflecting on, and improving one’s own teaching (see: https://www.cirtl.net/p/core-ideas-teaching-as-research). Some of the best information about your teaching and its impact on student learning can come from the words of students themselves (such as responses to surveys, in-class writing prompts, or exam questions). If you come from a research tradition that emphasizes quantitative data, as is the case in many STEM disciplines, you may not know where to start in analyzing and interpreting the narrative data provided by your students’ writing.

This workshop is designed for participants from quantitative research backgrounds who are working on a Teaching-as-Research project (in the planning, implementation, or analysis phase), who have collected or have plans to collect narrative data, and are unsure how to go about analyzing such data. This workshop will provide a brief overview of qualitative research methods, elucidate the differences between quantitative and qualitative research, and introduce the iterative process of coding narrative data. Participants will work on coding narrative data individually and in teams, and formulate a plan for using what they have learned in their Teaching-as-Research project.

 

After completing both sessions of this workshop, learners will have the skills and abilities to:

• Describe qualitative approaches to research and how they differ from quantitative approaches

• Identify and articulate research contexts in which qualitative approaches are appropriate and well-suited

• Identify and describe data collection methods in qualitative research designs

• Conduct preliminary coding of narrative data

• Formulate and articulate preliminary results based on initial coding

 

Workshop Schedule

This workshop has two online sessions, and participants are required to attend both. Sessions are Tuesday October 10 and 24, at 4:30-6:30PM ET / 3:30-5:30PM CT / 2:30-4:30PM MT / 1:30-3:30PM PT.

 

Workload

Between the two workshop sessions, participants may be asked to complete additional readings, watch additional videos, and contribute to a forum on the workshop Moodle site.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This workshop is open for registration from Monday, September 18 through Monday, October 2. The workshop is limited to 30 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/events/264

Leveraging your Strengths in the Job Market with Gallup 10/24/17 @ California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) Auditorium
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Description: Aligning your words and actions to stand out in the job market begins with utilizing your strengths in your current role as a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar. During this session with Gallup Workplace Consultant, Jaclynn Robinson, PhD, participants will learn how to articulate and leverage their strengths in a competitive job market – leading to more meaningful career choices and ways to thrive in work and life.

How do you align your words and actions to stand out in the job market? How do get a fast start to your careers by utilizing your strengths in your role? Choosing a meaningful career and thriving in your work and life begins with knowing your strengths and leveraging your strengths to lead the world around you.

 

RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leveraging-your-strengths-in-the-job-market-with-gallup-consulting-tickets-37738170885

Oct
25
Wed
Online Course: Diversity in the College Classroom @ Online
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The purpose of this course is to explore what is known and theorized about the ways that diversity affects learning and, in turn, help educators develop practical classroom strategies that address diversity. We will examine various definitions of diversity, consider research on bias, and build a community of inquiry around ways diversity affects both our teaching and student learning.

 

When you leave this course, you will have constructed:

1. a personally meaningful definition of “diversity” and related terms

2. knowledge of some of the fundamental literature on diversity that pertains to STEM and SBE (social/behavioral/economics) fields

3. a rationale for why you include the content you do in your teaching, and an understanding of how the selection of this content is influenced by your definition of diversity

4. a toolbox of tips and ideas on how you might address diversity in future courses you will teach (demonstrated in the Inclusive Teaching Plan assignment and the Diversity Statement Workshop activity)

5. a community of peers who are a resource for your teaching career

6. experience with learning in an online environment with students from diverse institutions

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 12:00PM – 1:30PM ET / 11:00AM – 12:30PM CT / 10:00AM – 11:30AM MT / 9:00AM – 10:30AM PT on Wednesdays, starting October 4 and ending December 6. Class will not meet on Wednesday, November 22.

 

Workload

Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 2.5-3 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 20 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/186/about

Online Event: Exploring Critical and/or Feminist STEM Teaching and Research
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In the last of four events on women in STEM (Series: Topics in STEMinism: Women Preparing for Post-PhD Careers in STEM), we will introduce some of the possibilities of critical and feminist pedagogies in STEM teaching and research for those new to these approaches. Attention will be given to discuss the value of these approaches, as well as potential barriers.

 

Questions to consider include:

  • What is critical and/or feminist STEM teaching? And what is the difference between “good” teaching and “feminist” teaching?
  • How can STEM teaching and research practices address social justice and equity values?
  • What are some barriers or challenges with implementing feminist teaching and research practices (e.g. institutional, departmental, personal, etc.)?
  • What are some examples of Critical/Feminist STEM teaching and research practices?

 

The event will run from 2-3PM ET / 1-2PM CT / 12-1PM MT / 11AM-12PM PT.

 

References:

Barton, A. C. (1998). Feminist science education. Teachers College Press. Robinson-Keilig, R. A., Hamill, C., Gwin-Vinsant, A., & Dashner, M. (2014). Feminist pedagogy in action: Photovoice as an experiential class project. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38(2), 292-297. doi:10.1177/0361684314525580

Topics in STEMinism: Drop-In Event Series Part 4 10/25/17 @ Online
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Exploring Critical and/or Feminist STEM Teaching and Research

This four-part event series on women in STEM concludes with a discussion of critical and feminist pedagogies. We will discuss what it means to have a feminist approach to teaching and research, the barriers that can hinder feminist teaching and research practices, and how those barriers can be overcome to successfully implement practices that advance social justice and equity values.

To register click here.

Oct
26
Thu
Online Course: Gender Bias Intervention in STEM for Women and Men @ Online
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Students in this course will gain knowledge of the ways that gender bias impacts STEM training and careers. Videos that portray empirically documented gender bias through narrative and expert interviews have been shown to increase awareness of gender bias and inequity (Pietri, 2017). By viewing these videos as part of a learning community and learning strategies to confront bias on behalf of themselves and others, both male and female students will gain strategies and increase their ability to confront gender bias in everyday situations experienced by STEM students, teachers, and professionals. Literacy and advocacy that empower students to engage in long-term positive change is important for the progress of gender equity in STEM.

Participants will increase awareness of gender bias through analysis of identity, roles, and contexts where gender bias manifests in STEM university situations. Attention to classroom relationships will expand intervention strategies to student mentorship and advising. As a result of participating in this course, participants will create a peer reviewed professional biography, learn and practice documented strategies to combat gender bias in STEM, collaboratively develop strategies for STEM classrooms, and gain exposure to STEM professionals who address gender bias in their careers.

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 11:30AM – 1:30PM ET / 10:30AM – 12:30PM CT / 9:30AM – 11:30AM MT / 8:30AM – 10:30AM PT on Thursdays, starting October 5 and ending December 7. Class will not meet on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving).

 

Workload

Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 1-2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 35 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/187/about

Persuasive Interviewing 10/26/17 @ Career Center 200
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: Excelling in interview settings is a skill that requires thought, practice, and confidence. During this interactive workshop, attendees will practice and refine their interviewing skills by learning persuasive techniques that enhance their storytelling abilities and highlight their key contributions.

RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/persuasive-interviewing-tickets-37738175900

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