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Goals & Expectations

The goal of the Summer Institutes for Undergraduate Education is to transform education at colleges and universities by improving classroom education and attracting more diverse students to research.  We undertake to train faculty and instructional staff in a scientific approach to teaching that reflects the way we work as researchers. The target group is comprised of both new and experienced instructors who teach introductory or survey courses, but anyone with an interest in transforming their classroom is invited to attend. 

The theme for the Summer Institutes is "scientific teaching." Participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning. The institutes model the scientific teaching principles of active learning,  assessment, and diversity, which are integrated into all aspects of the week’s schedule. Activities include reflective writing, planning, reading, researching, discussing teaching methods and philosophy,   interactive presentations, and developing teaching materials. By the end of an institute, participants will have observed, evaluated, and collected a portfolio of innovative teaching approaches and    instructional materials that are ready to be adopted and adapted to their own teaching environments.

In addition to developing teaching skills and materials, participants learn how to teach workshops and seminars about scientific teaching. Scientific teaching workshops can be used to foster dialog with faculty and instructional colleagues about teaching, to train TAs in teaching, and to enrich the graduate curriculum in teaching.

Who is eligible to Participate:

    WSU Faculty, Post Docs & Graduate Students from ALL Colleges in Pullman and at the Urban Campuses.

Requirements of individual participants:

  • Stay for the entire institute
  • Participate in follow-up evaluation during the academic year after attending
  • Use one or more of the instructional materials developed at the institute in your teaching during the academic year after attending
  • Coordinate, or recruit a colleague to coordinate, a scientific teaching workshop for faculty, postdocs, or graduate students during the academic year or following summer after attending the institute
  • Evaluate the instructional materials and scientific teaching workshop taught at your home institution and report the findings to the summer institutes

Participant activities at the Summer Institute:

  • Engage in teaching and learning through interactive presentations, mini-seminars, group work, and discussions with other participants
  • Work in small groups (six per group) with peers from other colleges and departments to develop instructional materials for one general topic area.
  • Design and adapt instructional materials with clearly defined learning goals that integrate themes of active learning, assessment, and diversity
  • Present instructional materials to other participants for feedback and review; revise and post the materials to the institute’s workspace
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