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Scientists Teaching Science 2023



Scientists Teaching Science 2023

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 12:00 PM - Tuesday, August 29, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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Information on Scientists Teaching Science Class

Are you interested in teaching, but your students doze off during your lectures? Do they have a hard time answering the questions you ask? Do you find yourself wondering if there’s a different way of teaching science than just talking to them and showing them slides and illustrations? How can you tell if your students really understand the information or have memorized vocabulary terms?

This class is held completely online using the Canvas course management system. It does not meet at any specific time; you have one week to complete each lesson with assignment due date on Tuesday evenings at 11:59 PM Eastern time. The course website is available 24/7 on any device that connects to the Internet. The best browsers to use are Google Chrome or Firefox. The time needed to complete all readings and activities is estimated to be about 3 hours a week. All participants who complete the course requirements will be eligible for a personal letter of recommendation from the instructor about teaching preparation for future employment. Participants who complete the course requirements will also receive a certificate of completion from the New York Academy of Sciences.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify at least three active learning strategies.
  2. Determine whether an aspect of effective teaching / learning is true or false.
  3. Evaluate personal biases and cultural differences and how these affect student outcomes.
  4. Predict strategies to support underrepresented students and students with mental health problems.
  5. Compare inquiry-based activities to directed instructional activities.
  6. Create course objectives based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  7. Assess the level of Bloom’s Taxonomy of course objectives.
  8. Develop valid multiple choice and essay questions based on objectives.
  9. Recognize several steps in effective curriculum design.
  10. Compose a Teaching Philosophy Statement.
  11. Recommend one or more ways to notify potential students about consequences of cheating or plagiarism.
  12. Construct a detailed course syllabus.
  13. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of teaching and learning in an online environment.
  14. Improve your communication skills.


Wednesday June 28, 2022, 12:00 PM - Tuesday, August 29, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT





Due Date


Teaching and Active Learning: discussion of teaching & learning myths; assigned readings on current research findings about teaching and learning.

Using Active Learning in STEM Courses

Essay: Why I Want to Learn More About Teaching

Jun 28

Off For July 4th Holiday 6/27-7/5


Holistic Education and Student-Centered Teaching: discussion on rigor and improving academic outcomes in higher education; assigned readings on improving student outcomes.

Supportive Scientists

First draft of teaching philosophy statement

Jul 11


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: the importance of actively developing inclusive practices in STEM.

DEIA Discussion

Answer Blue Questions OR Draft a Diversity Statement

Jul 18


Using Data to Drive Instruction: how to create cycles of formative data review that informs instructors of their practice AND how students are doing.





Teaching Online: teaching and learning online; challenges and advantages; engaging students; resources and examples.


Create an assignment or activity for an online class

Aug 1


Writing Course Objectives: Bloom’s Taxonomy and student learning objectives; assigned readings about writing learning objectives.

Bloom's Taxonomy Practice

10 unique learning objectives

Aug 8


Creating Valid Assessments & Alternative Assessments: using rubrics and test blueprints; practical multiple choice and essay questions; designing and evaluating students without using tests for small and large classes; assigned readings on how to write aligned assessment items.


5 test questions
based on previously submitted learning objectives

Aug 15


Designing Your Courses: instruction on the steps involved in designing an entire course, a training session, or a single lesson.


Final copy of Teaching Philosophy Statement to include educational theories/strategies from the course.

Aug 22


Writing a Syllabus & Reflections on Teaching: the purpose of a syllabus; legal requirements of teaching; student/academic honor codes; student study habits; assigned reading on plagiarism and the definition of a syllabus.


Syllabus based on topics in the lecture.

Aug 29


Nonmember Academia, Faculty, etc.
Nonmember Corporate, Other
Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow


Nik Barkauskas
Nik Barkauskas

CEO, Cedarwood Education, LLC