STEM Active Learning Workshop

Preliminary Program - Accommodations, Travel, Local Restaurants - Invited Speakers


When: June 15-17, 2011 on the UD Campus.

Who: The workshop will focus on STEM educators who are already familiar with active learning/problem-based learning.

What: Developing engaging and creative investigative activities for use in undergraduate science, technology/engineering and mathematics labs and classrooms is the underlying theme of this three-day workshop.   Expert practitioners will provide examples of the “PXnL” active-learning strategies* – PBL (problem-based learning), POGIL (process-oriented guided inquiry learning) and PLTL (peer-led team learning) - as powerful frameworks for such activities.  In addition to the ITUE leaders, invited speakers include:

  • Rick Moog, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Terry Platt, University of Rochester
  • Tuajuanda Jordan, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Deborah Allen, NSF  STEM program director (and ITUE leader).

Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm with and receive feedback from workshop leaders and other participants as they develop materials for their own use. Faculty and staff who are interested in interdisciplinary inquiry-based approaches will find this workshop of particular benefit. This workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education; although it is open to all members of the UD faculty, it is aimed at those already familiar with the basics of active learning. Graduate students are also welcome to participate; preference will be given to students mentored by faculty members who are ITUE Fellows or are attending this session.

Faculty members from other colleges and universities are invited to attend this workshop. Visiting faculty teams are limited to five from each institution.

*“Pedagogies of Engagement in Science: A Comparison of PBL, POGIL and PLTL”. Eberlein, T., Kampmeier, J., Minderhout, V., Moog, R.S., Platt, T., Varma-Nelson, P., and White, H.B. (2008). Biochem. And Molec. Biol. Educ. 36(4), 262-273

Registration and Accommodations

  • Registration cost is $595/ person which includes instruction, materials, and refreshment breaks; a discount is extended for early registration and payment.
  • To register, please complete the registration form and submit payments by mail.
  • A webpage is available for information on accommodations and travel.
  • NOTE: There is no registration fee for participants from the University of Delaware.
  • Deadline for registration: Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

For more information, contact Susan Groh