This year in our Teaching and Learning Webinars, our faculty experts will share perspectives and experiences with creating rich and meaningful learning opportunities for students. Faculty are encourages to share their creative solutions and teaching challenges. Across these sessions we will hear about teaching innovations from APRU teaching experts. Using the breakout rooms, participants will then have time for discussion in small groups and return to the large room for the full group discussion. Feel free to stop by for our session or join the whole series.
This webinar series is hosted by the University of Oregon Global STEM Education Program in partnership with the University of Southern California and the APRU Global Health Program.
A certificate of completion is available to people who participate in all three sessions.
Session II: Fostering Student Problem Solving in Class
Date & Time:
November 4, 6-7:30 pm (Pacific time)
November 5, 9-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)
How do we help students to build 21st Century Skills including critical thinking, communication, and group problem solving? Although it sometimes feels contradictory, we can create classroom environments where students work together to solve challenging problems and build these skills while learning the course content. In this session our APRU teaching experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Gillian Kidman, Monash University) will share their experiences with creating experiences where students can simultaneously engage in deep learning and skills development. Through expert presentation and breakout room conversations, participants will discuss challenges and opportunities with global faculty colleagues.
Date & Time:
December 2, 5-6:30 pm (Pacific time)
December 3, 9-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)
Many students may enter a large lecture hall expecting to sit quietly and listen to their professor listen. But, what happens when we change the classroom dynamic and use active learning in large courses to engage students in deep learning during our time together with them? In this session our APRU teaching experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Robin Young, University of British Columbia, Okanagan) will share examples of ways in which they have engaged students with active learning techniques. Through expert presentation and breakout room conversations, participants will discuss challenges and opportunities with global faculty colleagues.
Research demonstrates that students are more likely to thrive in inclusive university settings. How can we create those inclusive learning environments for students? In this session our APRU teaching experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Tim Woo, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) will share examples of programs and learning initiatives designed for inclusive engagement of students. Through expert presentation and breakout room conversations, participants will discuss challenges and opportunities with global faculty colleagues.
Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon
Tim Woo, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Eleanor Vandegrift, Program Director, Global STEM Education Initiatives, Global Studies Institute, University of Oregon
Eleanor “Elly” Vandegrift is the program director for Global Science Education Initiatives in the Division of Global Engagement at the University of Oregon. Trained as an ecologist, Elly has taught university-level life sciences courses, led STEM education professional development programs, and supported curricular and pedagogical reform to make science interesting, engaging, and relevant to improve students learning experiences. She has facilitated STEM education and communication workshops with US and global partners. As recognition of her teaching excellence, Elly has received four university and national pedagogy awards. She is the author of several articles about STEM education reform and professional development.
Tim Woo, Associate Professor of Engineering Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Tim Woo is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at HKUST. His primary interests in teaching embedded system design in the Department of Electronic Computer Engineering. With the passionate in teaching, he is also interested in interdisciplinary education through experiential learning. Through the experiential learning on robotics and STEM education, he empowers the students in learning technical knowledge from robotics design competitions, and apply their transferable skills into train-the-trainer program for university students, community services, social services and STEM education for youth. He also has rich experience in promoting and organize activities for inclusive education for youth and university students. As a recognition of his teaching excellence, he has received two university teaching awards and a teaching award from all Hong Kong’s UGC-funded institutions. One of his inclusive education projects was awarded as Finalist project of 2018 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award.
Gillian Kidman, Associate Professor in Science Education School of Curriculum, Teaching and Inclusive Education, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia
Gillian Kidman is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Monash University, Australia. She is Co-Editor of the International Journal of Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE). Gillian has an international reputation in STE(A)M teaching and curriculum design recognised by University, State and National awards. She was a Writer and Senior Advisor of the Australian Curriculum: Science, and Australian Curriculum: Biology. Gillian is particularly interested in interdisciplinary education and curriculum design, specialising in STE(A)M Education using sustainability concepts and contexts. She is well respected throughout Southeast Asia, working extensively in STE(A)M education with the South East Asian Ministries of Education. Gillian’s work in the area of disciplinarity and educational inquiry provides a fertile ground for the exploration of developing content knowledge during inquiry-based learning, teaching and skill acquisition.
Robin Young, Assistant Professor of Teaching, IKB Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, The University of British Columbia
Robin Young is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia (Canada), where she teaches introductory biology for Majors, cell biology and sometimes biochemistry. She has been working with very large classes (anywhere from 100 to 1400 students) for more than 10 years. Robin believes that active learning strategies are vital to all classrooms, large and small, and makes extensive use of things like worksheets, audience polling systems and small group work, to engage learners in all of her classes. The biggest challenge she sees to using active learning strategies in large classrooms is how to implement them without being overwhelmed by them, so we will also talk about ways to reduce the load on you, the instructor, in your large class.
APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Teaching in Virtual Environments Webinar Series (Part V) are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees. APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.