Course Design Institute
A one week summer intensive course for faculty that covers elements of evidence-based pedagogical course design including: articulating clear learning outcomes (LOs), engaging students in active learning approaches to achieve or exceed the LOs, and use of formative and summative assessments to directly assess the LOs. Faculty will also develop new approaches and practices to implement course design including creating a positive, inclusive classroom learning environment and using productive academic talk strategies to assess and advance student thinking.
Teaching As Research Institute
Have you ever tried out a new strategy in your classroom and wondered how well it worked? Wanted to know which of two pedagogical approaches would be more effective? Or had a hunch that students who take your course in the spring need different supports than students who take it in the fall? If you are interested in systematically examining what’s going on in your classroom, please consider applying for the 3 day Teaching as Research Institute. We encourage participation regardless of discipline or prior experience with education research. After participating in the TAR Institute, you will be prepared to investigate the questions you have about student learning, motivation, or beliefs in your classroom, and the Trefny Center will be a resource for you in every part of the process.
Engineering and Facilitating Online Learning (EFOL)
The Trefny Center offers the paced, asynchronous EFOL course for faculty to experience online learning from the perspective of a learner as they work through their initial course design. This five-week (10 hour per week commitment) online course for faculty is intended to support the development of the highest-quality online courses. Completion of this course is required before building or teaching any online course at Mines. Faculty must receive an average grade of 80% on assignments to “pass” the course. After completion of the course faculty work collaboratively with an Online Learning Experience Designer (OLED) to continue the design and building. The OLED will also coach the faculty as they teach the first section.
Multiple sections of the course will be offered across each academic year. Space is limited and priority will be given to faculty who are part of an approved fully online program. A commitment to complete the course will be expected from all enrolled faculty and graduate students. Please fill out this form to learn more about the course and to register.
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Engineering Learning Intensive Course Revision Program
The Summer Intensive Course Revision Program was offered from 2016–2018 with the goal to systemically and significantly enhance teaching and learning at Mines. Each year, a cohort of faculty was brought together in a multi-week intensive to learn, work both collaboratively and independently to focus on their teaching, learn new pedagogy techniques and course design theory, and to significantly revise a course that was taught by the faculty member during the following school year.
Participants and Projects
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