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FIRST IV Workshop - Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching

From 27 Sep 2011 until 30 Sep 2011
FIRST IV Workshop - Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching


Organized by CIBIO-InBIO, FIRST (Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching) IV Workshop aims to reform undergraduate science education through professional development of postdocs and faculty who will design an inquiry-based, student-centered undergraduate biology course. Key elements of FIRST IV include active learning, assessment, and diversity in teaching.


During 4 days, the participants will learn the goals and theory of scientific teaching; why and how to create a learner-centered classroom, how to construct a course framework, how to use learning progressions and student assessments that drive evidence-based instruction, how to create active learning classes, how to implement cooperative learning, and how to build and sustain a professional network for teaching and learning in their own country.


Key elements of FIRST IV include active learning, assessment and diversity in teaching. Participants will attend one workshop and a follow-up webinar during consecutive summers: a four-day workshop in 2011 followed by a webinar in 2012. During the academic year between the two workshops, participants will teach all or part of an introductory biology course (e.g., cell biology, genetics, ecology, organisms, populations, evolution) at their home institution using the course framework they designed during the workshop.


Who should apply?
Senior PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty who have an interest in and commitment to teaching. We encourage individuals or teams of two participants from one institution to apply.


Diane Ebert-May, Professor
Department of Plant Biology
Michigan State University


The course fee will be of 360 € and includes lunch, morning and afternoon coffee-breaks, room and instructional materials.


The workshop will be held at CIBIO-InBIO, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Mindelo, Portugal (coordinates: 41.328940, -8.672635).


Application deadline
June 26, 2011. Notification of acceptance: July 4, 2011


Rita Campos -
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