Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Spring 2015 – Week 1

Journal Club

For spring term, we’ll take two weeks to explore each topic. Journal Club participants will help with planning and facilitation of the sessions. For week one please read:

Greathouse, S.E. and L.H. Rosen. 2015. The Best Post Wiki: A Tool for Promoting Collaborative Learning and Higher-Order Thinking. Faculty Focus Blog 20 March 2015.
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/best-post-wiki-tool-promoting-collaborative-learning-higher-order-thinking/

Bart, M. 2009. Using Twitter to Facilitate Classroom Discussions. Faculty Focus Blog 17 June 2009.
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/using-twitter-to-facilitate-classroom-discussions/

Graba, B. (2014, April). Using Twitter in the Science Classroom.  PowerPoint presentation at the meeting of the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Boston, MA.
http://www.slideshare.net/BradGraba/using-twitter-in-the-science-classroom

Anyone on  Twitter may want to browse #organellewars or @mr_graba.

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP and Elly Vandegrift, SLP
– Friday 12:00pm in LISB 317 facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie and Elly

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Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the National Academies, and the Science Literacy Program invite you to attend a Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching June 22-25, 2015 (UO faculty and post-docs) OR July 13-18, 2015 (National teams) at the University of Oregon. The Summer Institute will expand and sharpen participants teaching skills through workshops facilitated by national science education experts. Participants will develop original, innovative classroom materials ready for immediate implementation and will be named 2015-16 National Academies Education Fellows at the end of the institute.

Local Summer Institute June 22-25, 2015, Application due date: April 30, 2015

West Coast Summer Institute July 13-18, 2015,Application due date: May 15, 2015

Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Strategies for Discussion Leaders
TEP Teaching Fundamentals Series
Tuesday, 3/31/2015
10:00am-noon
122 Knight Library

Learn strategies for creating lively and fruitful conversations that help students build critical thinking skills, understand the fundamental questions of the course, and enjoy class time. We will identify the thinking and argumentation skills your students should be practicing, learn common questions and prompts that build these skills, review various discussion activities, and discuss strategies for addressing common problems that arise in class discussions.

Email tep@uoregon.edu to register.

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Motivation 101
TEP Motivation Series
Friday, 4/3/2015
11:00am-12:30pm
Proctor 41, Knight Library

What factors motivate students to learn, and what teaching strategies can we use to enhance student motivation? Join us for a discussion of the latest research on student motivation and learning, and an exploration of specific teaching strategies we can include in our courses.

Email tep@uoregon.edu to register.

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Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis is a great opportunity for grad students to practice communicating their research in under three minutes to a non-specialist audience.
Applications are due April 3 for this year’s fun and challenging event. Preliminary rounds are in April with the UO Finals and State Championship happening in May. Monetary prizes go to the top three presenters in the UO finals and the statewide competition.

Additional information and online registration is available through the UO Graduate School site.

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