Evidence-based teaching – just the facts or thinking like scientists?

We invite faculty, postdoctoral fellows and PhD graduate students to join us to address the strategies for implementing learner-centered biology instruction and how to redesign curricula that reflect the biological sciences in the 21st century.

During a highly interactive 5 full days (Tue-Sun), the participants will learn the goals and theory of scientific teaching, why and how to create a learner-centered classroom, how to design an entire course framework, how to develop and use student assessments to inform evidence-based instruction, how to create active learning classes, how to implement cooperative learning and how to build and sustain a professional network for teaching and learning. Throughout the workshop, we will address the practical realities of classroom logistics and time for processing and analyzing student assessment data. By the end of the workshop, participants will have more tools and data to support their decision to teach science as it is practiced, that is, scientific teaching. The workshop is an excellent preparation for biologists who plan to teach during their careers, but participants with all life science backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

This course is the second European edition of the US-based FIRST project. It is organised by Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland by prof. Izabela Makałowska and dr Joanna Ciomborowska and will be run by prof. Diane Ebert-May from Michigan State University, USA and dr Jarek Bryk from the National Centre for Biotechnology Education at the University of Reading, UK. The course will be run in English and will take place in Gułtowy near Poznań in Poland (Google Maps link), between 2–7 September 2014.

Costs and registration

The course costs 300 Euro, which includes accommodation and food but does not include travel to/from Poznań (but transport Poznań-Gułtowy-Poznań will be arranged by the organisers and is included in the registration fee. Registration deadline: midnight on Monday, June 30th. To apply, please send us:

  1. Your name, affiliation and position held including if/how much teaching you do and to what audience;
  2. An up to 200 words long statement explaining your reason for applying to the workshop and expected outcomes from your participation in relation to your career goals;
  3. An up to 200 words long statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. Curriculum Vitae;

Please combine all the files into a single pdf file, name it LastnameFirstname_SciTeachPL.pdf and email the finalized application to j.bryk@reading.ac.uk. Please use the same email with any questions about the workshop (or you can tweet me @jarekbryk).

We will notify successful candidates about acceptance by Monday 7th of July, and then provide details about payment and travel arrangements.

Workshop programme

Detailed programme will be published here in mid-June. The current, preliminary version of the programme is avaiable as a pdf file.