Foundational Course Initiative Seminar Series

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REBUILD and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching are talking to administrators, faculty, staff and students across the University about foundational courses. Our goal is to generate a shared vision and agenda for a program of collaborative course design to advance teaching and learning in foundational courses at the University of Michigan.

Building on the Fall 2016 Provost’s Seminar “Transformed: Foundational Courses for a Third Century,” the Foundational Course Initiative Seminar Series features high-profile speakers who have extensive experience leading the transformation of foundational courses to incorporate innovative technologies, research-based pedagogies, systematic assessment strategies, and novel approaches to supporting the success of diverse students at scale.

Event Short Description
Foundational Course Initiative Seminar: Students as Partners in Redesigning Foundational Courses
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

What happens when we engage students as partners in the process of designing a course? This talk will explore research on and practices of student-faculty partnerships that have the potential to enhance, and perhaps even transform, student learning – and also both teaching and courses....

Foundational Course Initiative Seminar: Lessons from a Course Transformation Program at a Large Research Intensive University
Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

In an era in which active learning, student engagement, and transformative education is increasingly discussed, it is crucial that educators understand the factors that foster greater student engagement and what is broadly referred to as student-centered learning.  We then need to...

Foundational Course Initiative Seminar: Exploring Student Reasoning to Support Better Teaching
Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
This presentation demonstrates the use of discipline-based education research to inform curriculum development and enhance student learning in chemistry, with discussion of general implications for instructional teams engaged in evidence-based course transformation. Despite multiple...
Foundational Course Initiative Seminar: A model for bringing the excitement of cutting edge research labs into foundational laboratory courses: Lessons learned from the Dynamic Genome program
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) is one of the most diverse research universities in the country. More than half of the 5000 students in our College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) are supported by Pell grants, are members of underrepresented groups, and are first...