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Teaching-as-Research: Applying Research Principles to Improve Learning

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  

Where: 627 Dartmouth Place, Searle Center Library, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Lauren Woods   847.491.5676

Group: Searle Graduate Events

Category: Academic


Applying research methodology within teaching and learning contexts to improve student outcomes is known as teaching-as-research (TAR). In this workshop, participants will learn about TAR and the process of completing a TAR project. After exploring examples of TAR projects, participants will begin writing questions for projects of their own. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft TAR question and an action plan for moving their projects forward. This workshop is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all departments and disciplines, especially those who are interested in the Searle Teaching-as-Research (STAR) program. 

Please bring your preferred writing utensils (paper & pen/laptop/tablet). Prior to attending the workshop, please watch these two videos (~10 minutes total):

An Introduction to TAR Video

An Introduction to the TAR Inquiry Cycle

About the Facilitator: 

James Schwabacher is the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at Northwestern Intern and a fifth-year PhD Candidate in Chemistry. Since completing the Searle Teaching-As-Research (STAR) program, James has presented his teaching-as-research project at national conferences and has earned the CIRTL Scholar certification. His educational development work includes facilitating the transformation of the Northwestern Chemistry Department’s teaching assistant training program. James is also a Co-founder of Chemistry Graduate Student Teachers (CGST), which is an organization in the chemistry department that supports the development of graduate students as effective teachers and aims to improve learning experiences for undergraduate students.

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