Symposium for Effective Teaching and Learning in the Sciences

September 1, 2016

8:30am - 4:30pm

Science Building West Atrium

About the Event

Connect with your colleagues for a fun and informative day and get invigorated for the upcoming academic year!
Join us for a day-long series of talks, interactive workshops, demos and panels focusing on modern methods of effective teaching and learning in science at the university level.
Sign up below for this professional development opportunity to learn the latest on education research and evidence-based pedagogy for the laboratory, tutorial, small class, or massive lecture hall.

Come out and experience the latest technological advances in student engagement, communications, analytics, and learning outcomes
Science Education Committee:
  • Rupinder Brar
  • Randy Fortier
  • Cecilia Hageman
  • Nelson Lafreniere
  • Joseph MacMillan

Keynote and Guest Speakers

Catch our keynote speaker Professor Simon Bates of UBC as he defines the ideal 21st Century Educator.
Simon P. Bates
Keynote Speaker
Simon Bates joined UBC in the summer of 2012, and was previously Dean of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Physics Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is currently tenured Professor of Teaching in Physics and Astronomy, and the Senior Advisor to the Provost on teaching and learning at the University of British Columbia.
The 21st Century Educator: anatomy and a case study from introductory science
Our teaching and learning roles are becoming more complex: increasing class sizes; more heterogeneous cohorts in terms of prior study and future aspiration; increasing transparency and accountability; and a rapidly changing technology landscape. So what does it really mean to be a teacher in HE in this context?
In this talk, I will offer my view on the expertise, habits and values that a 21st century educator needs to possess and refine in order not just to survive, but to thrive in the future. In addition to the obvious mastery of content within one's own discipline, I suggest that we require a whole host of additional expertise, including an appreciation and understanding of what research can tell us about how people learn, an openness to the promise (and limitations) of technology to support teaching and learning and above all, a scholarly approach to the business of teaching.
I will illustrate how some of these principles can be put into action, starting with relatively small, practical steps, using action research work from my own teaching of introductory physics at UBC. This example case study focuses on students as producers of learning and assessment content in the form of student-created assessments, and illustrates how several years of incrementally increasing and iterative enquiry can built a platform for research into teaching and learning effectiveness.

Schedule

September 1, 2016
8:30am - 4:30pm
Time Event Presenter
8:30am - 8:40am Welcome
8:40am - 9:00am Blood, Maggots, and Tablets, Oh My! Kimberly Nugent
9:00am - 9:20am Getting off the Podium: Interactive Approach to Chemistry Classes Yuri Bolshan
9:20am - 9:40am Slack for Educators: A Guide to Getting Students to Communicate (With You) in the Classroom Jeremy Bradbury
9:40am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 11:00am The 21st Century Educator: Anatomy and a Case Study from Introductory Science Keynote Speaker Simon Bates
11:00am - 11:40am Conducting and Applying Education Research Expert Panel featuring Simon Bates
11:40am - 12:00pm Agile Lecturing with Real-time Classroom Analytics Randy Fortier
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 1:20pm How to Use Group Tests in your Classroom Joseph MacMillan
1:20pm - 1:40pm Technology to Enable Instant Gratification & Evaluation Ken Pu
1:40pm - 2:00pm Putting Your Students on Trial Cecilia Hageman
2:00pm - 2:20pm Raspberry Pi in the Lab Valeri Kapoustine
2:20pm - 2:40pm Maple T.A.: A World of Assessment Possibilities Ilona Kletskin
2:40pm - 3:00pm Break TBA
3:00pm - 4:00pm Results from the Science Working Group on Best Practices in Teaching Large Classes Expert Panel
4:00pm - 4:20pm How the Application of Physics Education Research Improved Student Success in First-Year Physics Rupinder Brar and Joseph MacMillan
4:20pm - 4:30pm Closing Remarks: Summary and Next Steps in Applying Education Research to your Classes Rupinder Brar
  • 8:30am - 8:40am Welcome
  • 8:40am - 9:00am Blood, Maggots, and Tablets, Oh My! (Kimberly Nugent)
  • 9:00am - 9:20am Getting off the Podium: Interactive Approach to Chemistry Classes (Yuri Bolshan)
  • 9:20am - 9:40am Slack for Educators: A Guide to Getting Students to Communicate (With You) in the Classroom (Jeremy Bradbury)
  • 9:40am - 10:00am Break
  • 10:00am - 11:00am The 21st Century Educator: Anatomy and a Case Study from Introductory Science (Keynote Speaker - Simon Bates)
  • 11:00am - 11:40am Conducting and Applying Education Research (Expert Panel - Featuring Simon Bates)
  • 11:40am - 12:00pm Agile Lecturing with Real-time Classroom Analytics (Randy Fortier)
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 1:20pm How to Use Group Tests in your Classroom (Joseph MacMillan)
  • 1:20pm - 1:40pm Technology to Enable Instant Gratification & Evaluation (Ken Pu)
  • 1:40pm - 2:00pm Putting Your Students on Trial (Cecilia Hageman)
  • 2:00pm - 2:20pm Raspberry Pi in the Lab (Valeri Kapoustine)
  • 2:20pm - 2:40pm Maple T.A.: A World of Assessment Possibilities (Ilona Kletskin)
  • 2:40pm - 3:00pm Break
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Results from the Science Working Group on Best Practices in Teaching Large Classes (Expert Panel)
  • 4:00pm - 4:20pm How the Application of Physics Education Research Improved Student Success in First-Year Physics (Rupinder Brar and Joseph MacMillan)
  • 4:20pm - 4:30pm Closing Remarks: Summary and Next Steps in Applying Education Research to your Classes (Rupinder Brar)

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Attendee registration will be available until August 19th, 2016.

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