University of Delaware

June 15-17: STEM active learning

Engaging investigative activities focus of faculty workshop


2:59 p.m., May 3, 2011--The University of Delaware Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE) will offer a three-day STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) active learning workshop for faculty familiar with active learning and problem-based learning.

The STEM active learning workshop will be held June 15-17.

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The underlying theme of the workshop is developing engaging and creative investigative activities for use in undergraduate science, technology/engineering and mathematics labs and classrooms.

Expert practitioners will provide examples of the "PXnL" active-learning strategies -- PBL (problem-based learning), POGIL (process-oriented guided inquiry learning) and PLTL (peer-led team learning) -- as powerful frameworks for such activities.

In addition to the ITUE leaders, invited speakers include:

  • Rick Moog, Franklin and Marshall College;
  • Terry Platt, University of Rochester; and
  • Tuajuanda Jordan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm with and receive feedback from workshop leaders and other participants as they develop materials for their own use. Faculty and staff who are interested in interdisciplinary inquiry-based approaches will find this workshop of particular benefit. 

Although the workshop is open to all members of the UD faculty, it is aimed at those already familiar with the basics of active learning. Graduate students are also welcome to participate; preference will be given to students mentored by faculty members who are ITUE Fellows or are attending this session.

Faculty members from other colleges and universities are invited to attend. Visiting faculty teams are limited to five from each institution.

For details, see the event website.

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