The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves the investigation of how students learn with the purpose of exploring practices that lead to a better understanding of your classroom that may lead to significant learning gains. Dr. Mary van Opstal, a founding member of the SoTL Community of Practice (2016), will be facilitating this workshop. Dr. van Opstal earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in chemical education through studying the impact of guided inquiry approaches on student learning and metacognition. 

Evidence-Based Teaching Across Disciplines

In this workshop, Dr. van Opstal will share a research guide that helps faculty explore ways to implement and assess evidence-based recommendations to enhance their teaching. A few experiences from faculty from various disciplines who participated in an evidence-based teaching course will be shared, and participants will have an opportunity to evaluate how their current approaches align with these methods, consider how they may adjust their practices based on research, and/or conduct their own investigations of how students learn in their subject areas. The workshop will conclude with sample classroom assessment techniques that faculty can adapt to evaluate the effects of their interventions on student learning.

  • Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
  • Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitators: Mary van Opstal, Chemistry and Stephanie Whalen, Academy Chair
  • CEUs: 0.2 – After attending or viewing the recording, please complete this personal action plan by December 3, 2021 to receive CEUs.


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