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Mentored Discussions of Teaching

Modified: March 16, 2016
Mentored Discussions of Teaching is a one-quarter program designed to generate discussions about teaching. The program is flexible and built to accommodate the busy lives of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Participants will observe an instructor teaching a small number of undergraduate or early graduate classes. You will meet at least once with the instructor before the end of the quarter to discuss your observations about teaching methods.  We will provide you with some guidelines to assist with your observations.  You will also attend three group sessions with your peers – one to introduce you to the program, one to discuss literature about teaching and learning, and one to hear everyone’s perspectives on their observations.  Please see the objectives and expectations for participants.

CIRTL at Northwestern is generating a list of interested PhD students and postdocs for Spring 2016, and will then match those interested with an instructor who has agreed to participate.  It will be instructive for participants to consider pedagogical aspects of a course rather than its content, so the match may not be exactly in your discipline.  The initial group meeting will be held twice in Evanston – March 29th or April 1st.  If interest is high among those on the Chicago campus, we will offer additional sessions on Thursday afternoons in Chicago. Otherwise, all meetings will be held in Evanston. The other two group meetings will also be held at multiple times to accommodate everyone.
If you are interested in participating this Spring please complete this brief survey no later than Monday night, March 21st. Questions? Contact Rob Linsenmeier (Leader, CIRTL at Northwestern; Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology) or Rachael Baiduc, Associate Evaluator, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Apply to participate here!

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