Center for Teaching and Learning

EBT meetings

Spring quarter meetings

Phase I: Exploration

The Exploration Group is designed for faculty interested in evidence-based teaching strategies and tools to support active learning. Participants discuss principles from foundational pedagogical literature on Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive processes, active-learning methods, backward course design, and assessment. They also observe colleagues who use evidence-based teaching practices in courses across the disciplines.

At the end of the Exploration quarter, participants reflect on how evidence-based teaching could improve instruction and student learning in their own courses.

All UW Seattle faculty are welcome to join.

Participants commit to:

  • Attending four one-hour meetings per quarter
  • Conducting, documenting and discussing at least one peer observation with the group
  • Reading handouts that introduce ideas from foundational pedagogical literature
  • Preparing for and participating in discussions about evidence-based teaching strategies
Meeting day Dates Time Location Coach
Thursdays Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 5 1:30-2:30 p.m. GRB 100 Kazumi Tolich
 Fridays Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 6 1:30-2:30 p.m. GRB 100 Yen-Chu Weng

 


Phase I: Online Exploration

The Online Exploration Group is designed for faculty who want to learn about evidence-based teaching strategies, but whose schedules don’t allow them to attend in-person meetings. Participants explore the foundational pedagogical principles and supporting literature on active-learning methods, Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive processes, backward course design, and assessment.

The Canvas curriculum includes modules with readings and videos, quizzes to check concept understanding, online discussion boards, and links to optional further readings and resources. Participants also observe colleagues across the disciplines using evidence-based teaching practices in their courses.

The Online Exploration experience encourages participants to reflect on how evidence-based teaching can improve instruction and student learning in their own courses.

During the quarter, participants commit to:

  • Reading or viewing materials that introduce ideas from foundational pedagogical literature
  • Completing checking-in quizzes for the five modules
  • Participating in online discussions about the evidence-based teaching strategies that are introduced in each module
  • Conducting, documenting and discussing at least one peer observation

The Online Exploration is coached by Ian Schnee.

 


Phase II: Implementation

The Implementation Group is intended for faculty who are familiar with evidence-based teaching practices and would like support implementing new strategies or (re)designing a course. Participant interests and needs determine the group’s agenda and readings, which could range from small changes, such as following best practices in using random call for the first time, to larger changes, such as constructing an interactive hybrid class or developing collaborative-learning assignments.

Consultants from the Seattle campus Center for Teaching and Learning and UW Learning Technologies attend meetings by invitation to advise on selected topics or introduce technologies to support active learning. Participant also have the option to meet with these specialists one-on-one.

Participants commit to:

  • Attending four one-hour meetings per quarter
  • Implementing at least one evidence-based teaching strategy in a current course
  • Preparing for and participating in discussions of topics determined by the group
  • Consulting with UW Center for Teaching and Learning or UW Learning Technologies staff as necessary
Meeting day Dates Time Location Coach
Wednesdays Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 4 1:30-2:30 p.m. GRB 100 Tyler Fox
Thursdays Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 5 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. GRB 100 Ariane Gauvreau

 


Phase III: Research

The Research Group supports faculty who wish to undertake teaching and learning research. Participants can be at any stage of the research process, from developing a research question to drafting an article or conference presentation.

Group meetings help participants move their projects forward. Members regularly share work-in-progress and offer feedback to one another. Depending on participants’ needs, group facilitators may invite expert guests who can advise on issues like experimental design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, or the IRB process.

Research Group participants commit to producing a deliverable on a self-identified timeline. In the past, deliverables have included:

  • Conducting a literature review
  • Identifying conferences or journals that feature the research they want to produce
  • Developing a research question around a teaching method or curricular design
  • Determining methodologies that most effectively address the research question
  • Piloting a research method
  • Completing an IRB application
  • Meeting with Statistical Consulting or Learning Technologies staff for assistance with survey design and construction
  • Analyzing and visualizing collected data
  • Drafting a conference proposal/presentation or article
    Leading a Research Group session

The Research Group is not offered this quarter.