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Principles of University Teaching in STEM

Principles of University Teaching and Learning in STEM

E 110 (3 units, pass-fail). No Prerequisites. This course is a required component of the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching (CPET) Certificate of Practice in University Teaching


Course Description:

Research on university-level teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines has progressed rapidly in recent years; a well-established body of evidence-based principles now exists to inform instructors and students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Increasingly, future PIs and faculty are called upon to demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply established pedagogical and assessment practices, as well as to analyze the efficacy of new approaches.

In this course, weekly interactive meetings will provide focused overviews and guided application of key pedagogical research, such as prior knowledge and misconceptions, novice-expert differences, and cognitive development as applied to university teaching. We will also explore emerging university teaching and learning practices and their theoretical basis (e.g., the flipped classroom, online learning). Readings will inform in-class work and students will apply principles to a project of their choice.

Course Background: 

E110 was started in Fall 2013 by CTLO Director, Dr. Cassandra Horii, and has been offered once or twice per year since then. Over 130 students have taken the class for credit, along with dozens of auditors, and E110 is now formally part of the CPET Certificate of Practice in University Teaching