Wayne State University

Teaching in the STEM Disciplines (WIDER)

The WIDER Grant Program and the Office for Teaching & Learning work together to support faculty in the STEM disciplines.  Many of our workshops and events are collaborations with faculty members teaching in the sciences.  Below are descriptions of some WIDER workshops and events.

STEM Pedagogy Seminar Series
The Office for Teaching and Learning and the WSU WIDER Program are hosting the STEM Pedagogy Seminar Series, a bimonthly journal club for graduate students. Participants engage in discussions of research-based articles related to STEM pedagogy at the university level, explore pedagogical applications, strategies and techniques, and consider how instructors can implement such strategies in higher education STEM courses.

Participants meet over lunch to review a pre-selected research article and discuss the technique presented, including unique aspects of the technique and consideration of its application in the broader landscape of the STEM education field.

For more information and to participate in the seminar series, please contact Tonya Whitehead (OTL) at en5364@wayne.edu or OTL@wayne.edu.

Examples of peer-reviewed journals containing relevant articles are:

  • Journal of Chemistry Education
  • American Journal of Physics
  • Science
  • Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

Evidence-Based Teaching Methods
Are students as engaged with your lectures as you would like them to be? Are you ready to get started with evidence-based teaching practices? Let us help you! Have you tried evidence-based teaching methods? In this workshop we will focus on taking a content element of your class and converting it to an effective student-centered activity. Bring with you to the workshop one element of a lecture that you want to work on or just bring an idea. Participants will leave this workshop with an evidence-based, student-centered activity tailored to your learning goal in your lecture.

Facilitating Group Interaction to Enhance Student Learning
Could you use some strategies for developing and managing group projects in your course? Join colleagues to discuss frameworks for designing group activities, identify ways to assess group progress, and review assessment strategies.

Implementing Learning Objectives through Classroom Work
Do you have questions about aligning your learning objectives with classroom work? Clearly written course goals and learning outcomes provide students with a road map through the course content. Join colleagues to discuss ideas for aligning learning objectives with engaging instructional strategies.

Making Lectures Active
How do you actively engage students in your lecture? Join colleagues for lunch to discuss strategies and teaching techniques you can use, both within and outside the classroom, to improve student engagement and learning.

Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education
     Keynote by Carl Wieman
     Professor of Physics, Stanford University
     2001 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics