For Faculty: Workshops and Resources

CLEAR-Sponsored Workshops

HHMI Faculty Workshops, usually held over winter term and the summer, are a great way for faculty to engage with CLEAR and talk about the best way to teach quantitative skills. Workshops have included "Taking quantitative and formal reasoning to the next step at Oberlin," "Teaching quantitative reasoning across the curriculum," and "Diversity and Inclusion in STEM - Best Practices."

Upcoming Faculty Workshops

The Center for Learning, Education and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR) and the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE) invite you to a talk and workshop led by Dr. Mary Pat Wenderoth, Principal Lecturer in Biology at the University of Washington, on active learning in the classroom.


Monday May 9, Science Center A255

Talk by Dr. Mary Pat Wenderoth: Active Learning in the Classroom - 11am-12pm
Lunch - 12pm-1pm
Workshop: Incorporating Active Learning in the Science Classroom - 1-3pm
RSVP here for lunch by Monday May 2nd. You may also register for the workshop portion using the same link.
Mary Pat Wenderoth is a Principal Lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Washington where she teaches animal physiology courses and conducts biology education research on how students learn biology. Her main research interests focus on assessing implementation of cognitive science principles in the classroom, particularly those associated with conceptual change, use of first principles in constructing conceptual frameworks and student metacognition.
Dr. Wenderoth and colleagues recently published a meta-analysis of 225 papers that compared student performance under active learning versus lecturing in undergraduate courses across the STEM disciplines. The results indicate that on average, students are 1.5 times more likely to fail when being lectured to compared to taking the same course with an active learning component, and that active learning increases exam scores by almost half a standard deviation.  
Please join us for a talk summarizing the research results that provide robust data on teaching methods that increase student achievement and for a workshop to engage participants in discussion of the way even small changes can close the gap between our teaching and student learning. 
Participants to the entire event (talk and workshop) will receive a $100 workshop stipend. A&PS staff will full-time appointments are not eligible to receive the stipend but are welcome and encouraged to participate.

CLEAR Blackboard

Visit the CLEAR Blackboard page for a collection of resources on strengthening quantitative skills in courses, interdisciplinary teaching, active learning, pedagogy research, creating a diverse student body in STEM, and other topics of interest.

Other campus resources

Nova - this homegrown and easy to learn modeling software is used in several courses at Oberlin and elsewhere, and is supported by our Quantitative Skills Drop-In Tutoring Center.

Qualtrics - Oberlin College has an onsite license for the Qualtrics online survey software, for use by all students, staff and faculty.

"Mapping" Exercise - an article by Jan Miyake, faculty in Music Theory, about using a nonverbal concept map technique to increase student engagement and give every student a voice.

Science Fridays Faculty Seminar Series

Spring 2016 events organized by Lisa Ryno (Chemistry/Biochemistry) and Gunnar Kwakye (Neuroscience)

Please refer to the Science Faculty Seminar calendar for the Science Fridays schedule.