Intro to Evidence-Based STEM Teaching: Local UW–Madison Learning Community (Summer 2022)

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Begin your journey to becoming an inclusive and evidence-based STEM instructor! Join this 7-week course to get an overview of effective college teaching strategies, and explore how to apply them with a local learning community.


Dates and times: 7 weeks, Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am, starting on June 24
Note: Please plan to spend 2 hours each week watching videos and completing assignments. The prep work for the first week will be sent one week prior to the start date, to be completed before the first meeting.
Location: Biocommons room 240 in Steenbock Library
Facilitators: Vinnie Rigoglioso (Chemistry) and Lai Wong (Educational Psychology)
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: Δ (1 delta)


How do you motivate students? What are some active learning strategies you might use in STEM courses, and what are their best practices? How do you offer and receive meaningful feedback with your students? The Delta Program will offer a local learning community around the video-based course An Introduction to Evidence-Based Teaching.

The learning community will meet weekly on campus to discuss and go deeper with the content of the video-based course. Prior to meeting each week, participants will watch a module of videos, and complete a brief assignment. When we meet, we will explore the topics and teaching strategies from the module, and apply the ideas to our own goals and teaching. The Delta core ideas of learning communities and learning-through-diversity will be threaded through our conversations.

Topics covered by week:

  1. Principles of learning part 1: Prior knowledge, mental models and knowledge organization
  2. Principles of learning part 2: Feedback and motivation
  3. Learning objectives
  4. Assessment
  5. Active learning
  6. Inclusive teaching
  7. Final lesson plan peer review and wrap up
June 24th, 2022 10:00 AM through August 5th, 2022 11:00 AM
Steenbock Library, Room 240, 550 Babcock Dr
Madison, WI 53706-WI
United States