NIU Faculty, Deans, and Department Chairs are invited to learn about developing and implementing learner-centered instructional materials, teaching strategies, and assessments by attending Driving Instruction with Data: Assessment on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon in the University Suites of the Holmes Student Center. In this seminar, Diane Ebert-May, a professor of plant biology at Michigan State University, will use the approach of scientific teaching to actively engage participants in using instructional methods shown to be effective in helping students learn better than they do in traditional lecture contexts. The program is applicable to both small- and large-enrollment courses.
Dr. Ebert-May is co-editor of Pathways to Scientific Teaching, a book that focuses on the pedagogical principles and methods of teaching that can engage students in the active learning and improve their higher-level thinking abilities. She also leads FIRST IV, an NSF-funded program that helps post-doctoral scholars design and teach their first introductory biology courses.
The seminar is hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences, the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, the Center for Secondary Science Education, and the Office of the Vice Provost.