Webinar, Mind the Gap: Active learning as one tool to achieve equity in STEM classrooms

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Date/Time:Thursday, 05 Nov 2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:online only - via Zoom from Yale University
Channel:Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Categories:Diversity Training, development
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Despite widespread efforts to increase access to and inclusion in STEM, minoritized students remain excluded from both STEM majors and STEM professions. The reasons for this are complex, but instructors can play an active role in disrupting these inequities.

Although active-learning techniques have been shown to improve student performance on average, Elli will address the question of whether active learning can also be a partial solution to achieving equitable student outcomes. In this webinar, she will share recent work demonstrating that opportunity gaps--differential performance between PEERs (Persons Excluded due to Ethnicity or Race) and over-represented students--were reduced by 75% in college STEM courses when instructors incorporated active learning strategies, but only when active learning was implemented in a majority of class time. Elli finds these data hopeful, albeit demonstrating only a partial solution to inequity in higher education.

Elli Theobold, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Washington

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Register via Webinar, Mind the Gap: Active learning as one tool to achieve equity in STEM classrooms - Zoom registration website.

Series Overview
The Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series extends the learning and dialogue that occurs at the Summer Institutes (SI) on Scientific Teaching into a year-round community that supports and inspires evidence-based teaching. Each month, the SI community is invited to attend an interactive webinar related to the practice and/or dissemination of scientific teaching. The webinar will be facilitated by someone experienced in that area, integrating significant time for questions and open discussion. Webinars are open to SI alums as well as those generally interested in scientific teaching and evidence-based teaching strategies.

Coordinated by the following
The series is brought to you by Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and National Institute on Scientific Teaching.

This web talk is promoted by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).