Journal Clubs & Summer Institutes

The Bok Center is pleased to offer journal clubs and summer institutes for faculty who wish to engage with the research and practice of teaching and learning more deeply, and in a more sustained way, than is possible during a brief faculty lunch or one-time Exploratory Seminar.

Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

June 11-12, 2018
Science Center 418d

The 2018 Harvard Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching is a two-day workshop that will convene a community of STEM faculty interested in applying evidence-based techniques and principles to their teaching.

The goals of the two-day workshop are to help prepare faculty to:

  1. Maximize the value of class time using evidence-based pedagogies,
  2. Design assignments and courses that effectively teach students how to use disciplinary concepts and skills,
  3. Apply principles from cognitive neuroscience to designing syllabi and assignments.

Opportunities to develop and refine course materials with colleagues will be integrated throughout the two-day workshop. In addition to offering faculty the opportunity to learn and practice new teaching skills, the Summer Institute is also designed to foster a collaborative, interdisciplinary community around the scholarship and practice of teaching in STEM disciplines.

Led by Marty Samuels, Associate Director for Science, and Tamara Brenner, Executive Director

Registration is Full
Contact Marty Samuels with queries

Click to view Summer Institute schedule

Monday, June 11
11:30 - 12:00: Introduction to Scientific Teaching
12:00 - 12:45: Lunch
12:45 - 2:15: Engaging your students: Active learning
2:30 - 3:30: Small group work
3:30 – 5:00: Assessing whether students have met your learning goals

Tuesday, June 12
9:00: Breakfast
9:15 - 10:45: Applying principles about How People Learn to your teaching
11:00 - 12:00: Small group work
12:00 - 1:00: Working Lunch 
1:00 - 2:30: Fostering an inclusive classroom
2:30 - 3:30: Small group work
3:30 - 4:00: Large group share
4:00 - 5:00: Panel with Experienced STEM Faculty + Closing Remarks

Participants should plan to attend the entire 1.5 day institute.

Journal Clubs

Journal clubs meet biweekly during the academic year to examine recent literature in teaching and learning on various topics according to faculty interest. Faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend. Because journal club meetings are held over lunch, we request that participants RSVP in advance.

Our science education journal club explores current research on effective teaching and learning in STEM fields. Marty Samuels, Associate Director for Science, leads the biweekly meetings highlighting relevant background information and key insights from selected articles published in science education journals.