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SPRING 2016- WEEK 4

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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.

Journal Club

This week in journal club we will use Canvas as the platform for an interesting introductory physics activity Samantha Hopkins, Richard Wagner, and Julie Mueller have put together.

People who have already attended journal club this term should have been invited join to the Canvas site we’ll be using.  To join, simply log in to Canvas and click the “Accept” button by the invitation.  If you haven’t received an invitation email but plan to come to journal club this week, please contact Julie (jmueller@uoregon.edu) to arrange for access.

We will start our meetings this week at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and then spread out a bit over campus before reconvening in LISB 317, our usual meeting room.  If you have access to a tablet or smartphone you can use to access the Canvas site and take and upload pictures, please bring it with you.  To prepare for the activity, please access the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club module in the Canvas site and complete the “To Prepare for Journal Club” assignment.  You may want to view the site as a student would:  choose “Settings” in the menu on the left side of the page, then click “Student View” at the upper right of the page that comes up.

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

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UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

The Science Literacy Program invites you to attend a Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching August 8-11, 2016 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 2016-17 National Academies Education Fellows at the end of the institute. A post-meeting UO STEM strategic planning session will be held on August 12, 2016. Application due date: June 3, 2016. Questions and nominations: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

In the words of a previous participant, “I’m pretty confident in my abilities to give a good lecture and run a well-organized course, and I get good ratings from students. But I could tell that many students weren’t really learning the material in any depth. I’d heard the compelling evidence that swapping out lecture time for in-class problem-solving was the way to go, but of course I was worried about how much extra work that would be for me, and I wasn’t really sure what class time would look like. The Summer Institute was exactly what I needed – practical advice on how to make this change, including what works and what doesn’t. The good news is that even the best students have been shown to do better with this style of teaching. I switched out about a third of my lecture time in each of my courses this year, and I was very pleased with how engaged students seemed to be and by how stimulating and fun it was for me too. I plan to make a full switch next year. I highly recommend the Summer Institute – it’s an easy way to jumpstart the process of improving your teaching.”
- Tory Herman, Associate Professor Biology, 2015-16 National Academies Education Fellow

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Sky Studio Teaching Conversations

Mondays 1:00-2:00pm
Knight Library Conference Room 410
TEP welcomes you to register for its Sky Studio Teaching Conversations. These informal small-group conversations and hands-on sessions (capped at 10) give faculty and GTFs a chance to dive more deeply into specific teaching issues.

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TEP: Advanced Strategies for Discussion Leaders: Difficult Dialogues

Week 4: Fri, Apr. 22
10:00am-12:00pm
Knight Library Browsing Room

This interactive workshop seeks to help faculty and GTFs create course learning communities that are capable of seriously addressing complex issues together—including race, gender, privilege, and culture. We will share strategies for developing respect and mutuality in the classroom; we’ll also consider structures that enable students to better discuss sensitive course material. With the help of Rehearsals for Life, we’ll practice negotiating heated or potentially painful or offensive moments in the classroom using scenarios developed from experiences of UO faculty and GTFs.

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