Scientific Teaching Workshop

Learning to teach is an essential component of academic training and professional development. As a participant in the CU Department of Immunology & Microbiology Teaching Training Program Scientific Teaching Workshop, you will learn, under faculty guidance, the fundamentals of designing curriculum grounded in the principles of scientific teaching.

Teaching for the first time can be overwhelming. This workshop is designed to help prepare and guide you through training in the fundamentals of scientific teaching, which is a pedagogical framework that applies the rigor of scientific research to the practice of teaching. Scientific teaching aims to bring the application of research into the classroom by engaging students in the process of learning and using student data to inform the ongoing development of teaching methods.

The teaching requirements for this workshop consist of the design and delivery of one 1-hour class module within one of two courses offered every fall semester – IMMU7530 Introduction to Immunology or BMSC 7810-002 Microbiology in Biomedical Research – after successful completion of the workshop. A module consists of the selection of a topic, the application of backward design, the identification of learning goals and objectives, the creation of a slide deck and associated student guide, the incorporation of active learning techniques, and the development of assessment items and an associated rubric.

Spring 2023, this workshop will take place on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm on April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3. Participants who attend all 5 days of the workshop and successfully fulfill the teaching requirements will receive a certificate and offered the option to add this workshop to their CV.

Day 1. Overview of Scientific Teaching and Course Design

An introduction to scientific teaching - a pedagogical framework that focuses on the idea that the way science is taught should reflect the way that science is practiced; using evidence to justify the selection and utilization of teaching methods.

Day 2. Teaching Strategies and Tools

An introduction to teaching strategies and tools that are used to encourage a student-centered learning environment.

Day 3. Communication and Technology

An introduction to communication tools, strategies, and technology to provide structure and resources for an optimal learning environment.

Day 4. Assessment

An introduction to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of formative and summative assessment strategies.

Day 5. Implementation

An opportunity to start the creation of a class module roadmap and to present your ideas to the participants in the workshop for constructive feedback.

Scientific Teaching Workshop: 3:00-5:00pm Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, & May 3, 2023

Interested in participating?

Applicants will be asked to include the following items:

  • Letter of support from faculty advisor
  • Statement of post-doctoral research
  • Teaching Statement
  • Acknowledgement that you will attend all 5 sessions

Questions? Email

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