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2013 Annual Symposium on Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences

About the 2013 Symposium

On Friday, January 17, 2013, the University held its second institution-wide Symposium on Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences to advance the Gateway Sciences Initiative. The Symposium was designed to demonstrate the University’s commitment to promoting significant improvement in gateway science education, inspire the faculty, students, and staff of Johns Hopkins to participate in this endeavor, and disseminate new ideas for enhancing gateway science education at Hopkins.

Webcasts of the Keynote Lectures are now available. To view the video, audio, and slides (if available) of the keynote lecturers, please click on the titles in the schedule below.

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GSI Symposium Schedule



8:30-9:00Registration and breakfast
9:00-9:15Welcome: Ronald J. Daniels, President, The Johns Hopkins University: Opening Remarks
9:15-10:15Opening Keynote: Robin Wright, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor of Biology, University of Minnesota: Teach what really matters; use what really works
10:30-12:00GSI 1:  What Are We Accomplishing? Observations from the GSI Grant Recipients
1:15-2:15Keynote: Daphne Koller, PhD, Co-founder of Coursera and Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University: The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
2:30-3:30Breakout Sessions
 1. Moving From Lecture-based Teaching to Active Learning Instructional Approaches - Some Practical Tips 
Robin Wright, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor of Biology, University of Minnesota
 2. “Flipping”  the Classroom- Investigating How to Do It Conceptually and Technically
Michael Falk, PhD,  Associate Professor of Material Sciences and Engineering, JHU Whiting School of Engineering
Brian Cole, Senior Information Technology Specialist, JHU Center for Educational Resources
 3. Challenges and Rewards of Teaching in a MOOC
Brian Caffo, (Chair), PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health
Kevin Frick, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ira Gooding, OpenCourseWare Coordinator, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health
 4. Assessing Student Learning During a Course - Tools and Strategies for Formative Assessment
Toni Ungaretti, PhD, Assistant Dean of Assessment, JHU School of  Education
 5. Student Engagement in Curriculum Development: SoM Medical Education Concentration
Sarah Clever, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, JHU School of Medicine
Session will include students from the School of Medicine

Closing Keynote: William Durden, PhD, President, Dickinson College: "Just do Science": A Liberal-Arts College Perspective on Teaching the Sciences to Undergraduates

4:45-5:00Closing Remarks: Scott Zeger, Vice Provost for Research, Johns Hopkins University