Caltech Project for Effective Teaching

Upcoming Events

Filling the Great Teaching Void: Unusual Teaching Concepts

Armand R.  Tanguay, Jr.,  Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Physics, and Astronomy, University of Southern California

4:30 PM Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

East Bridge 201

Traditional university academic courses are often based on lectures, homework sets, examinations, and occasional laboratory exercises.  These types of courses are highly successful at encouraging the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for short term retention.  However, they fall far short of addressing key issues that are critical to professional success in science and technology.  This seminar is focused on a number of unusual teaching concepts that are designed to fill this gap at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  

This event may be utilized to fulfill requirements for the CPET Certificate of Interest. Find more information about this event at

Other Events of Interest

What Works in Teaching - Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, April 8th, 4-5 PM or Tuesday, April 14th, 4-5 PM or Monday, April 20th, 4-5 PM, Center for Student Services 360

The Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach invites the Caltech community to a discussion about the new book release, Reaching Students: What Research Says about Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. The book is available free online at

This event may be utilized to fulfill requirements for the CPET Certificate of Interest. RSVP Required. More infomation at

CPET Committee Meetings

Interested in getting involved with CPET?  The CPET planning committee helps plan CPET events, and generates new and exciting programing in collaboration with the CPET co-directors.  All students and post-doctoral fellows are welcome to participate in the committee planning.
We meet periodically and new people are always welcome! Lunch is provided.
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