Learning Community: Writing Teaching Philosophy Statement and Getting Started with a Teaching-as-Research (TAR) project
Description: In this Learning Community meeting, we will recognize the value of a learning community, and brainstorm and formalize ideas regarding TAR projects. We will also explore the avenues of leveraging our TAR ideas and future actions of the TAR projects as a transferable skill.
Community Leader: Goutam Sarker, Ph.D. Candidate – Quantitative Biology
Location: Life Science Building 128.
Dates & Time: Meetings will be held on the following days from 12:00-1:00 pm.
September 04, 2018
Discussion topic: Teaching Philosophy: What, Why and How
- Describe and recognize the value of learning communities, and how they impact student learning.
- Recognize the value of and participate in local professionally-focused learning communities associated with teaching and learning.
September 25, 2018
Discussion topic: Introduction to TAR with examples of previous publications on Evidence-Based Teaching
- Describe several techniques for creating a LC within a learning environment, including strategies that promote positive interdependence between learners so as to accomplish learning goals.
- Describe several techniques and issues of establishing LCs comprising a diverse group of learners.
October 16, 2018
Topic: Peer review each other’s draft Teaching Philosophy statement
Discussion topic: Introduction to TAR with example of previous publications on Evidence-Based Teaching
- Describe the scope of diversity in learning environments, of both students and instructor. (*Including but not limited to backgrounds, race, gender, ability, socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender preference, and cognitive skills).
November 6, 2018
Topic: Formulate ideas for future TAR projects through group discussion
- Describe several known high-impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices and materials and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals.
November 27, 2018
Topic: Giving feedback to each other’s TAR project ideas
- Describe how the integration of Evidence-Based Teaching, Learning Communities and Learning-through-Diversity within Teaching-as-Research can be integrated to implement and advance effective teaching practices for diverse learners.