This Week for Faculty: Offerings for Science & Engineering Faculty

by | Jan 25, 2021

Dead Ideas in Science Teaching: Podcast Discussion Group

Would you like to explore “dead ideas”—ideas that are not true but that are often widely believed and embedded in the pedagogical choices we make—in teaching and learning with faculty colleagues?

In Episode 3 of CTL’s Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning podcast, Physicist and Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman shares his discovery of several dead ideas in science teaching. After listening to this 25-minute episode, come join fellow Science and Engineering colleagues to explore these dead ideas further and discuss how we can exorcise them from our teaching.

Date and Time: Monday, February 1, 12:15 PM–1:00 PM

Engineering Your Classroom for Active Learning Online

Looking for more ways to implement online active learning strategies in your engineering courses? Want to learn from and share with other SEAS faculty what has worked well?

Join the CTL for an informal conversation with SEAS colleagues about experiences with and ideas for implementing active learning online in your engineering classroom. This is a Teaching and Learning discussion space for SEAS faculty to come together to brainstorm, share, and learn from one another. Register through the links below.

Dates and Times: Friday, February 5 and Friday March 12; 1:10 PM–1:55 PM

Resource: Developing Poll Questions to Engage and Assess Student Thinking in Science and Engineering Courses

Are you looking to develop questions that go beyond recall for your Science and Engineering class sessions? Would you like to explore poll question formats other than multiple choice to expand the ways students can engage with course content? Do you want to assess in real-time how well all your students are answering questions to inform your next instructional decision?

In this guide, we share how you can develop and incorporate poll questions into your classroom that engage students in higher-order cognitive processes, such as applying concepts or evaluating hypotheses, to assess your students’ understanding. This guide combines the cognitive framework Bloom’s Taxonomy and the audience response system Poll Everywhere that is available to Columbia instructors and licensed by CUIT

What is it like to teach and learn at Columbia in 2020-2021? Hear from a Columbia voice below, and share your own voice. *Voices submissions will be showcased at the 2021 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium*