Tips for Successful Team Teaching

Jon Stoltzfus
Kristin Parent
Terri McElhinny

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:30 - 1:30 

3405 Engineering

Lunch Provided

Abstract


Many courses at MSU are taught by two or more instructors. Often instructors divide the lectures before the start of the course and deliver their lectures with the associated exam while have little additional involvement in the course. As we have adopted more active learning approaches in our classrooms, a more team-oriented approach has evolved that includes roles for both of the instructors, the Graduate Teaching Assistants, and the Undergraduate Learning Assistants during every class meeting. This workshop will facilitate discussions regarding the advantages and disadvantages of Team Teaching, provide strategies for implementing Team Teaching, and offer tips for avoiding pitfalls.

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Jon Stoltzfus is a member of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology faculty and the curriculum coordinator for BS161 (Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology). He has extensive teaching experience at MSU including teaching Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology, Applications in Biomedical Science, Introduction to Biochemistry, Comprehensive Biochemistry, Advanced Biochemistry I and Advanced Biochemistry II. Teaching arrangements in these courses have included sole instructor, tag teaching, and team teaching. His research includes work on how students make sense of biological phenomena during group modeling activities and how student models reveal student understanding of course content.

Kristin Parent is a member of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology faculty. She has several years of teaching experience at MSU including teaching Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology, Frontiers in Biochemistry, and Integrative Microbial Biology Applications. Teaching arrangements in these courses have included tag teaching, and team teaching. Her laboratory research includes work on how viruses enter cells and transmit genetic material.

Terri McElhinny is a member of the Integrative Biology faculty and the curriculum coordinator for Fundamental Genetics (IBIO 341). Her teaching experience spans Fundamental Genetics, Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology, Applications in Biomedical Sciences (a nonmajors course), Evolution, Behavioral Ecology of African Mammals, and Mammalogy. This collection of courses has provided teaching experiences as sole instructor, working as part of a team, online teaching, and field teaching. Her research interests focus on student learning in genetics and evolution.

Video of the Workshop



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Mark Urban-Lurain,
Feb 16, 2017, 1:36 PM