2019 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Low Library, Columbia University


The Office of the Provost welcomes the Columbia community to Low Library for the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium on Tuesday, March 12 to celebrate the ways that faculty and graduate students are transforming their courses and pedagogies.

This year’s keynote speaker is Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University. Wieman’s keynote presentation will focus on taking a scientific approach to teaching. The keynote will be followed by an interactive showcase in the Rotunda featuring presentations by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. At the end of the day, participants are welcome to an evening reception in Faculty Room

All are welcome to attend the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, but space is limited for the keynote presentation (1:00-2:45), so registration is strongly recommended.

Get scientific about teaching.

Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University, will focus on taking a scientific approach to teaching.

Get inspired by teaching innovations at Columbia.

Visit an interactive showcase of projects implemented by faculty and graduate students, and hear from faculty and their students about how they enhanced the learning experience.

Get started on enhancing your course.

From small-scale mini grants to course redesigns, learn how you can get support for integrating new teaching approaches into your classroom.

Keynote Speaker, Carl Wieman

This year’s keynote speaker is Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University. Wieman has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences, and recently served as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In his keynote presentation, Wieman will focus on taking a scientific approach to science (and most everything else) education.

Keynote Summary

“Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, science and engineering education has remained largely medieval. Research on how people learn combined with classroom experiments is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate learning at the university level than what is in use in most university classes. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. It also provides a better way to evaluate teaching quality. As the underlying principles of learning are quite general, these superior research-based teaching methods are likely to be effective in all disciplines.”

 

Questions?

Should you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Elizabeth Hernandez at emh2183@columbia.edu.

Please note that there will be photographers and videographers from the Center for Teaching and Learning at this event. Contact Elizabeth Hernandez at emh2183@columbia.edu if you do not wish to be photographed or recorded.

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to this event, please contact Elizabeth Hernandez at emh2183@columbia.edu.