This site is focused on helping new MSU STEM faculty get a running start for classroom instruction. While any seasoned teacher will note that there are many many paths to becoming an effective and inspiring teacher, there are some essential topics that every instructor must deal with.

Individuals in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) thrust colleges collaborative developed resources for new MSU STEM faculty, starting out in the 2011-2012 academic year with a series of mid-day seminars.

If you have suggestions for topics that you consider essential for new STEM faculty at MSU that they need to know on their first day of class that we are not covering in our workshops, please let us know using the contact form you can bring up with the link in the navigation menu to the left.

Information about previous year's sessions, along with the PowerPoint slides and videos of most of the sessions, are available on the left side of the page.

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2017 - 2018 Workshops 

Moving Forward Using Backward Course Design: Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Instructional Approaches

How will you approach planning or designing your next course? Many STEM instructors follow a common path—select a textbook, identify the chapters to be covered, develop lectures, and finally, create exams. The 2017-2018 Teaching Essentials Workshop Series will provide the skills and knowledge needed to try a different, more deliberate approach called Backward Design. Backward Design is a framework that emphasizes alignment of learning outcomes, assessments, and instructional activities.

Backward Design Triangle

Fall semester workshops will focus on developing learning outcomes and assessments. Participants will consider what students should be able to know, understand, and do after completing a course. They will also be introduced to the fundamental principles that guide assessment of student learning and will have the opportunity to develop new assessments.

Spring semester workshops will introduce a variety of instructional approaches designed to help students achieve learning outcomes. Participants will consider which approaches best align with their learning outcomes and the associated assessments. Finally, the series will culminate with a workshop focused on using assessment results to guide changes in instructional and practices.

Spring 2018 workshops

Technology Tuneup: Tools and Tips for Realigning your Objectives, Assessments, and Teaching Materials for Backward Design.

Stephen Thomas
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
Lunch provided
More Information

Registration now open

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Hold the dates for these upcoming workshops. More information soon!

  • Tuesday, Feb 13, 11:15 - 1:00 PM, 1400 BPS

  • Tuesday, March 13, 11:15 - 1:00 PM, 1400 BPS

  • Tuesday, April 10, 11:15 - 1:00 PM, 1400 BPS

Past 2017 - 2018 Sessions

Design with the End in Mind: Using Learning Outcomes for Curriculum Development

James Lucas
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
More Information, Video of Session and PowerPoint slides

Knowing What Students Know: The Roles of Assessment in Instructional Design

Mark Urban-Lurain
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
More Information, Video of Session, PowerPoint slides and Handouts

Putting It All Together: Learning Outcomes and Assessments that Blend Core Ideas with Science and Engineering Practices

Cori Fata-Hartley, Melanie Cooper, Diane Ebert-May, Becky Matz, Lynmarie Posey, Ryan Sweeder, and Jon Stoltzfus
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
11:15 - 1:00 (Lunch at 11:15, program starts at 11:30)
1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences
More Information

                Registration for November 14 session


  • Syllabus Design Resources Resources on syllabus design, including the "MSU Syllabus Checklist", can be found here.
    Posted Sep 4, 2012, 5:50 AM by R Chivukula
  • Sticking with innovative teaching... A news release from the AAPT, with links to the original article.
    Posted Aug 31, 2012, 11:43 AM by R Chivukula
  • Explorations in Instructional Technology - Fall Schedule The fall 2012 brown-bag series on instructional technology is attached.
    Posted Aug 29, 2012, 2:06 PM by R Chivukula
  • Academic Writing Blog Lots of useful tips on academic writing, either for research or in courses, can be found at "Explorations of Style: A Blog about Academic Writing".
    Posted Aug 24, 2012, 8:26 AM by R Chivukula
  • Writing in STEM Classes: A Case Study The paper attached describes a strategy for teaching the basic skills of reading and writing scientific literature in an immunology course, and utilizes backward course design, peer instruction/group learning ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2012, 6:25 AM by R Chivukula
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