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Massive Open Online Courses on STEM Teaching

These massive open online courses are designed to prepare aspiring faculty in STEM fields (natural and social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to be more effective teachers. Both courses are offered via EdX, next starting on January 30, 2017.

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Local MOOC Discussion Groups

If you’re interested in joining or leading a weekly MOOC discussion at any of the Cornell campuses, please contact Colleen McLinn at cu-cirtl@cornell.edu. Groups will have the opportunity to discuss and apply course ideas in person, and discussion leaders will receive instructor guides, mentoring, and a budget for refreshments and photocopies.

~ MOOC Information Session ~

  • Monday, January 30 from 12:00-1:00 pm - Register
  • 341 Caldwell Hall
  • Lunch provided

Course 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is a massive open online course designed to prepare aspiring faculty in STEM fields to be more effective teachers through an introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching practices. You will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. You'll then apply your learning to the design of lessons and assignments for use in your future teaching or job application packages. After completing this course, you will be a more informed and confident teacher, equipped for greater success in the classroom.

This eight-week course draws on the expertise of STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 43 research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM graduate students and postdocs as future faculty members. There are opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, both online and within Cornell, as we also offer local discussion groups around the MOOC activities. Learn more

The next offering will begin on January 30, 2017. Stay tuned for details at this site.

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MOOC Instructors

  • Derek Bruff - Vanderbilt University
  • Rique Campa - Michigan State University
  • Bennett Goldberg - Boston University
  • Trina McMahon - University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Schedule

  • Week 1 – Principles of Learning: Prior Knowledge and Knowledge Organization
  • Week 2 – Principles of Learning: Practice, Feedback, and Motivation
  • Week 3 – Learning Objectives
  • Week 4 – Assessment of Learning
  • Week 5 – Active Learning
  • Week 6 – Inclusive Teaching
  • Week 7 – Review and Final Project
  • Week 8 – Conclusion

Learn more and enroll

Flyer about Spring 2017 session (PDF)


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Course 2: Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

This eight-week course prepares science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instructors to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. This course will provide an introduction to Teaching as Research—the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and they will learn how to collect, analyze, and act upon their own evidence of student learning. Learn more

The next offering will begin on January 30. Stay tuned for details at this site.

MOOC Instructors

  • Derek Bruff - Vanderbilt University
  • Rique Campa - Michigan State University
  • Bennett Goldberg - Boston University
  • Trina McMahon - University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Schedule

  • Week 1 – Teaching as Research, Part 1
  • Week 2 – Learning through Diversity
  • Week 3 – Cooperative Learning & Peer Instruction
  • Week 4 – Inquiry-Based Labs & Problem-Based Learning
  • Week 5 – The Flipped Classroom
  • Week 6 – Teaching as Research, Part 2
  • Week 7 – Project Design
  • Week 8 – Conclusion

Learn more and enroll

Flyer about Spring 2017 session (PDF)


Future Plans

The instructors are releasing most of the learning materials generated for these courses in an open-source manner, so that anyone can incorporate materials such as videos in new or existing training programs for current and future faculty. Visit http://stemteachingcourse.org to view video content.

Funding

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MOOC development and research on effectiveness has been funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE #: 1347605), to Rique Campa of Michigan State University. Co-investigators are Kitch Barnicle, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University, Bennett Goldberg, Northwestern University, and Robert Mathieu, University of Wisconsin-Madison.