UPCOMING EVENT


 

Overview:

Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Sciences, in collaboration with the Oregon University and Yale Center for Teaching and Learning is organizing a Mobile Summer Institute for Scientific Teaching (MOSI). This event is a 4-day workshop that will be held from 23-26 August, 2020 for the purpose of training educators to create inclusive, student-centered classrooms that engage students to learn through active learning.

What is Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching (MoSIs)?

The Summer Institutes are intensive multi-day workshops held throughout the United States that introduce STEM educators to the principles of evidence-based teaching. Participants include college and university faculty and future faculty in STEM fields from both research- and teaching-intensive institutions.

In addition to evidence-based teaching workshops, the mobile Summer Institutes provide instruction in peer evaluation to drive long-term reflective teaching as well as facilitated strategic planning to develop a shared vision between administrators and mobile Summer Institute participants.

After attending MOSI, participants will have the opportunities to reconvene at virtual follow-up meetings. At these meetings, participants report on progress and challenges, reconnect with alumni and program leaders, and learn about new evaluation research related to Summer Institutes initiatives.

What is the overall objective?

By the end of the MoSI, participants develop and peer-review teaching materials, plus learn how to implement scientific teaching in their classrooms, and how to evaluate their peers in order to develop as reflective practitioners.

Who are the facilitators?

The MoSI team, composed of leaders in education reform, travels to post-secondary institutions and trains a critical mass of educators within whole departments to create inclusive, student-centered classrooms that engage students to learn – as scientists do – through active problem solving and discussion. MoSI leaders facilitate workshops, group work, and presentations, to train participants on innovations and research in undergraduate education.

Who should attend?

The target participants for this event are higher educational professionals (lecturers, postdocs, and graduate students) from all disciplines and institution types.

What will participants learn from attending a Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching?

The Summer Institute curriculum enables participants to answer the following questions:

  • What is scientific teaching? What are some challenges I might need to address in implementing scientific teaching strategies?

  • How can I create and sustain a more inclusive learning environment for my students through scientific teaching?

  • How can scientific evidence inform the teaching practices that I implement?

  • How can I use backward design to align learning objectives, assessments, and active learning strategies?

  • What modes of assessment can I use to promote student learning and inform instruction?

  • How does cognitive science research lay the foundation for the scientific teaching approaches and practices to use in my classroom?

  • How can I implement and disseminate scientific teaching in my community?

What will participants do at a Summer Institute?

  • Engage in teaching and learning through sessions that model scientific teaching, use of supporting evidence from the literature, and inclusive teaching

  • Activities may include interactive presentations, mini-seminars, group work, discussions with other participants, and opportunities for reflection

  • Work in small groups with peers from other colleges and universities, along with a trained facilitator, to develop instructional materials

  • Design and adapt instructional materials with clearly defined learning goals that integrate themes of active learning, assessment, and inclusive teaching

  • Present instructional materials to other participants for feedback and review; revise materials for dissemination where appropriate

What MOSI Alumni said?

In their own words, "I have always been interested and eager to develop my teaching strategies and learn more pedagogical techniques. I consider taking the MOSI workshop a successful decision and a major step forward in my academic career and an essential addition to my professional development. This workshop was an eye opening experience as I have learned how to steer the progress of my classes in an active way, where the students are active in participation, active in thinking process, and active in collaboration. The workshop did not only enable me to design fruitful and effective classes, but also to develop successful assessment tools that continuously report and reflect back the needs; an approach that meets the millennials’ mentality and has been recommended by accomplished professionals in the field of education. Since then, I have a different perspective of what a successful classroom environment looks like and I am thankful for this opportunity. It was worth every single minute of my time and have been saving much more thereafter. Would I recommend this workshop to academic professionals? The answer is a big YES!”. - Dr. Alaa Al Helaili, Assistant Professor of Physiology/Head of Basic Science Division of Foundation Year Department, Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Sciences

What is a typical schedule for a mobile SI?

Day 1 Monday

8:00am

Scientific Teaching Welcome

8:30am

Backward Design in Action

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Backward Design in Action

1:30pm

Tidbit Example

2:00pm

Group Forming

3:00pm

Group Work on Teachable Tidbit

Day 2 Tuesday

8:00am

Inclusive Teaching

10:00am

Break

10:30am

Research on How People Learn

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Group Work on Teachable Tidbit

3:00pm

Group Share #1

3:30pm

Facilitators’ Meeting

Day 3 Wednesday

8:00am

Problem-Based Learning

9:30am

Break

10:00am

Critical Thinking and Assessment Design

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Peer Mentoring and Evaluation

2:00pm

Group Work on Teachable Tidbit

3:00pm

Groups Share #2

3:30pm

Facilitator Meeting

Day 4 Thursday

8:00am

Group Work on Teachable Tidbit

10:00am

Teaching Presentations

12:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm

Teaching Presentations

3:00pm

Conclusion and Presentation of Certificates

 

You may find additional information about MOSI in the following link:

Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching.

www.summerinstitutes.org/mobile-institutes

Please contact the Center of Excellence (+966 13 510 3550, ext. 1319; CenterofExcellence@MACHS.EDU.SA/MOSI@MACHS.EDU.SA) if you have any questions or would like additional information.

We greatly appreciate your consideration and hope we can count on your support.