Group Photo 2019-2020 STEM Instructional Program
Group Photo 2018-2019 STEM Instructional Program
Based on a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant project, this two-week professional development opportunity was developed to improve instructional techniques of participants. The STEM Instructional Program broadens WMU's effort in transforming undergraduates' experiences: developing scientists as teachers and developing students as scientists. By working together across STEM disciplines, we re-imagine innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
The goal of the WMU STEM Instructional program is to give individuals, who oversee the instruction and design of our STEM courses, the tools, and skills they need to innovate, re-design and assess their pedagogy. As such, we seek for students to gain opportunities to realize their potentials as emerging professionals in STEM fields.
Who the program is for:
All STEM Instructors and laboratory coordinators, including full-time traditionally ranked faculty, faculty specialists, term faculty, part-time faculty and graduate teaching assistants teaching STEM courses during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
- Participants will be able to construct new active learning strategies based on their own course and personal teaching style.
- Participants will be able to confidently integrate active learning strategies within their own course.
- Participants will be able to evaluate how their roles in the classroom, independent from content, impact student learning.
- Participants will participate in building a learning community.
When and where
Virtual STEM Instructional program begins June 15, 2020 with individual final project due June 28th.
How to apply
Application materials are to be emailed to email@example.com by May 11, 2020. Participants will be notified via email by May 15 with more details.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past participants *** Names and Posters***
2019 – 2020
2018 - 2019
Through a grant from the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program, we developed a professional development series for STEM instructors and teaching assistants to add inquiry-based teaching strategies in their classrooms and laboratories to more fully engage undergraduate students in their learning. The following videos provide a snapshot of content from this series.
Promoting Inquiry-Based Learning in STEM: Professional Development for TAs
Our project is titled Promoting Inquiry-Based Learning in STEM: Professional Development for TAs. Using the scientific method and Bloom’s taxonomy of learning we developed a 9-day workshop and year-long series to equip STEM TAs with skills to deliver inquiry-based instruction, an approach found to enhance student learning performance and reduce student attrition.