SITT 2020 - Dr. Susan Gentry, Dr. Julia Chamberlain, and Dr. Colleen Bronner
From Margaret Merrill on July 27th, 2020
About the presenters:
Dr. Susan P. Gentry is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her aim is to improve the materials science and engineering curriculum to support learning for a diverse population of students. She is specifically interested in using simulations and computer-based tools to enhance student learning of engineering topics while also developing students’ computer literacy.
Dr. Colleen E. Bronner is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her scholarly and teaching interests include developing self-regulated learners and critically conscious engineers, dismantling systems of oppression in engineering education and the engineering field, and cultivating cultures of belonging in engineering.
Dr. Julia M. Chamberlain is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Chemistry Department. Her research and teaching projects include making chemistry more accessible for diverse student populations, and characterizing the contributions of undergraduate Learning Assistants in general chemistry discussion sections. She also studies collaboration and the use of interactive chemistry simulations to support learning and engagement.
About this session:
Many students were anxious about their academic success when transitioning to a quarter of remote learning during Spring 2020. To support students, we developed a one-unit seminar titled “Strategies for Success in Online Learning,” with seven sections taught by six instructors. The course emphasized reflective learning and taught practical skills such as time management, study skills, well-being, and motivation. The co-presenters will share an overview of the course, including a summary of the topics and the logistics of rapidly creating an undergraduate course as a first-year seminar and as a departmental seminar. Participants will discuss course slides for one of three weeks (e.g., creating a wellness plan) and how it could be used either in a class that they teach or to otherwise support students.