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Activate your teaching with small steps: Simple approaches to incorporate active learning into your classroom

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am



Activate your teaching with small steps: Simple approaches to incorporate active learning into your classroom


Lisa M. Gloss

Dr. Lisa Gloss, Associate Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences. Dean, Graduate School


This –VIRTUAL– event is free for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as for faculty

There is substantial pedagological research that shows that student learning is enhanced when students are engaged in active learning methods in the class room, as compared to traditional lecture approaches (e.g. Freeman et al. (2014) PNAS. 111(23): 8410-5). However, for many students and faculty, much of our personal experience during our college education was teaching by lecture. We might be at a loss as to what active learning looks like in the class room. Even more, we find it intimidating to think about deviating from the familiar lecture method to try something new and incorporate active learning methods into our teaching. The objective of this workshop is to discuss small steps that can be employed to increase the active engagement with the students in your classroom.


This event is part of the Symposium to Support Graduate Students as Teachers. See the full schedule below:

10:00 – 11: 15 am — Activate your teaching with small steps: Simple approaches to incorporate active learning into your classroom

11:15 – 12:15 pm — Writing Measurable Student Learning Outcomes

12:45 – 01: 45pm — From class projects to programs: Developing and using assessments to measure student progress

01:45 – 03:00 pm — I am a TA—How can I support students from underrepresented communities in my class?

03:00 – 04:30 pm — How to Craft a Teaching Philosophy


**These events will be offered via Zoom only 

Please register for this virtual Symposium by clicking the link below. The PDI will email you a web link before the event.


Dr. Gloss has taught biochemistry in the School of Molecular Biosciences for twenty years, specifically the two semester course series for senior undergraduate biochemistry majors and first-year graduate students from a variety of disciplines (MBioS 413/513 and 414/514). In this workshop, she will share her experiences (success stories and not-such-good-ideas) on converting these courses from a standard lecture format into a flipped-classroom with active learning and team-based instruction. She will examine the process with an eye to identifying approaches that are (relatively) simple to implement in a variety of course formats and topics.




October 9
10:00 am - 11:15 am