What is EBIT?

EBIT (Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching) is a one-week student-centered learning experience where post-docs and new faculty develop curricula using evidence-based teaching methods. Participants apply research principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development. Relevant literature on evidence-based teaching techniques will be highlighted.

Any post-doc or new faculty in a STEM field is welcome to attend. This program is not recommended for graduate students unless they are going to be instructors of record, fully responsible for teaching a course some time in the next year. Instead, there is a wealth of resources available in person via the CU Boulder Graduate Teacher Program (most institutions have similar program) or online from CIRTL.

Although there are other programs about teaching  for prospective faculty members, EBIT is special in several ways. First, it is a student-centered learning environment, where participants experience first-hand the techniques that they are learning. Second, the pace is relaxed, with meetings only in the afternoon for a full week, allowing time to reflect on what’s being learned. Third, Boulder, Colorado is gorgeous in July. We will be meeting in the afternoons during our typical thunderstorms but the mornings will be clear and perfect for outdoor activities. If you are joining our faculty in the fall, this will be an ideal time to house hunt. If not, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing and the traditional vacation pursuits of shopping and fine dining.

If you are looking for an online workshop that covers similar content, please see the CIRTL Summer Institute.

Instructors for 2020: Jean Hertzberg and Kathryn Spilios

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to apply new teaching techniques, including active learning approaches.
  2. Participants will be able to apply their disciplinary techniques to help students improve their learning.
  3. Participants will be able to apply their disciplinary techniques to improving their own teaching.

Lecture & Activity Topics:

  • Learning objectives
  • Assessments
  • Active learning techniques
  • Microteaching practice

To get a more in-depth view of the workshop, lecture notes from 2016 are available:

01 Intro and Meta Loops

02 Learning Objectives

03 Assessments

04 Active Learning

05 Active learning research and teaching environments

06 Constructive Criticism and microteaching

07 Elective Topics

Readings and additional course content are available online in a Zotero library. Create a login at Zotero.org, then request to join the STRIPE-EBIT group.

Ready to join us? July 27-31 2020, on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. The registration fee is $50. Proceed to registration. 

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