Scientists Teaching Science Online Course
Monday, June 4, 2018 - Sunday, August 12, 2018
The New York Academy of Sciences
Are you interested in teaching, but your students doze off during your lectures? Do you find yourself wondering if there’s a better way to teach science than just lecturing with slides and illustrations? How can you tell if your students really understand the information or have memorized vocabulary terms? Take the online course “Scientists Teaching Science” to learn about active learning, creating course objectives and test items, and finding ways to improve your teaching and assessment techniques for students of all ages. You'll discover the latest research-based techniques used by model instructors around the world.
The asynchronous course is available 24/7 on any web-enabled device. Unlike other online courses, one-on-one engagement, personal review of written assignments, and personalized advice on teaching is guaranteed! There are also scheduled discussions where you can meet with the instructor -- an award-winning science educator and author -- via webinar.
The time needed to complete all readings and activities is about 3 hours a week. All participants who complete the course requirements will be eligible for a personal letter of recommendation from the instructor, plus a certificate of completion from the New York Academy of Sciences.
Testimonials from Scientists Teaching Science participants
“After taking the STS course during the summer of 2014, I felt a greater sense of confidence in my teaching ability and immediately began to reorganize my instruction strategy to incorporate newly acquired skills learned by the lessons offered. Barbara Houtz is an excellent educational instructor and the course she has compiled for the STS participants is absolutely unmatched anywhere else. I highly recommend this course if you intend on pursuing a career in education and teaching, whether you’re a graduate student like me thinking ahead or a post-doc.”
-Jason L. Quinones, Stony Brook University Medical Center.
"Scientists Teaching Science was my first online course and I loved it. Barbara provided thoughtful guidance and feedback as we developed active learning activities for our students. I will apply these techniques confidently to future courses."
"I gained a tremendous amount of practical information about creating effective, dynamic learning experiences for my students."
-Katharine Seip-Cammack, Ph.D., Mount Sinai
"Taking the STS course helped me to establish realistic professional goals and guided me in the right direction to actually land a teaching job opportunity. Course content was always relevant. The instructor provided us with a wide variety of teaching styles and she made the course very fun and interactive with a variety of assignments and optional live discussions. This is an outstanding course that anybody interested in teaching at college level should take."
-Patricia Irizarry, Ph.D., Rutgers Science Explorer Bus - Program Coordinator
Rutgers Geology Museum - Associate Director
“This class has really helped me to feel more confident and better prepared to move my career forward. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone in STEM fields who are considering becoming teachers or are already teaching science.”
-Itzamarie Chevere, Ph.D. – post-doc at Rutgers University.
- Identify at least three active learning strategies.
- Know the four major learning styles and three types of learning environments.
- Evaluate biases and how these can affect student outcomes.
- Design a personal statement about promoting diversity in STEM.
- Compare inquiry-based activities to directed instructional activities.
- Create course objectives based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
- Assess the level of Bloom’s Taxonomy of course objectives.
- Develop valid multiple choice and essay questions based on objectives.
- Recognize several steps in effective curriculum design.
- Compose a Teaching Philosophy Statement.
- Recommend one or more ways to notify potential students about consequences of cheating or plagiarism.
- Construct a detailed course syllabus.
- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of teaching and learning in an online environment.
Certificate of Completion and Reference Letter Requirements:
Each Scientists Teaching Science assignment builds from the previous one, culminating in two documents you can use as templates for job applications and in teaching. In order to be eligible for a certificate of completion and a personalized letter of recommendation from the instructor, participants must satisfactorily complete six written assignments and all the required elements of nine lessons
June 04, 2018
Class One: Brain-Based and Active Learning
June 11, 2018
Class Two: Learning Environments and Assessments
June 18, 2018
Class Three: Bias, Discrimination, and Diversity
June 25, 2018
Class Four: Inquiry-Based Science Education
July 02, 2018
Holiday Break July 2-8
July 09, 2018
Class Five: Writing Course Objectives
July 16, 2018
Class Six: Creating Valid Assessments & Alternative Assessments
July 23, 2018
Class Seven: Teaching Online
July 30, 2018
Class Eight: Elements of Curriculum Design
August 06, 2018
Class Nine: Writing a Syllabus & Reflections on Teaching