Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Lunch Series: The Evidence-Based Teaching Academy (EBTA): A week-long training course for all Eberly College of Science faculty on best practices in STEM teaching and learning
Presented by Jacqueline Campbell, Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Excellence in Science Education and Wendy Hanna-Rose, Head of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Friday, 3/27/2020, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library and via Zoom

This series of talks will highlight interesting teaching innovations at Penn State. The goals is to help further build a community of instructors who are interested in improving learning by their students. All are welcome. Lunch will be provided to pre-registered Mann Assembly room attendees courtesy of the Schreyer Institute.   

Research has consistently found that traditional lecture is less effective at promoting student learning than interactive, student-centered approaches. Even with this knowledge,encouraging faculty members to adopt research-based teaching practices remains a hurdle. To address this issue, Penn State’s Eberly College of Science (ECOS) initiated the Evidence-Based Teaching Academy (EBTA), an immersive, week-long workshop in May that engages about 40 faculty per iteration in implementing research-based teaching practices. The Dean of ECOS fully supports the program (including monetary support for participants), and his goal is for all ECOS faculty, tenure-track and non-tenure-track, to participate in EBTA. EBTA engaged 76 faculty with the 2018 and 2019 workshops. Participants completed pre- and post-surveys designed to measure factors associated with long-term changes in teaching (e.g.,motivation, pedagogical content knowledge). Results from these surveys, follow-up interviews, and the EBTA reunion will be discussed in this talk.

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