GMS 7950 – Fundamentals of Biomedical Science Education

The next time this course will be offered is Fall 2019

Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm, room CG-72A

Course Director:  Wayne T. McCormack, Ph.D., CG-72K, 294-8334, mccormac@ufl.edu

DRAFT SYLLABUS

Catalog Description:  Overview of educational issues faced by biomedical scientists teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional level.  Practical guidelines most relevant for beginning biomedical science educators, e.g. teaching skills & strategies and the underlying theory of learning & teaching.  (2 credits)

Course Overview:  Biomedical scientists are trained during graduate school and postdoctoral studies to be researchers.  However, those who pursue academic career tracks are also expected to teach, and are often not well prepared for this faculty assignment.  This elective course provides an overview of educational issues faced by biomedical scientists teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional level.  The goal of the course is to familiarize biomedical science graduate students interested in pursuing academic career tracks with techniques that are the most relevant for beginning teachers, e.g. teaching skills & strategies and the underlying theory of learning and teaching.  The course will use a variety of teaching formats modeling teaching behaviors, and will provide practical guidelines for a variety of teaching skills.

Required text:  “McKeachie’s Teaching Tips – Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers” by Marilla D. Svinicki & Wilbert J. McKeachie, 14th edition, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014.

Wed, Aug 22      Meeting a Class For the First Time

Mon, Aug 27      Listening to Learn, Teach, and Lead

Wed, Aug 29      Countdown for Course Preparation

Mon, Sep 3        No Class – Labor Day Holiday

Wed, Sep 5        Communication Skills

Mon, Sep 10       Introduction to Principles of Adult Education

Wed, Sep 12       How to Make Lectures More Effective

Mon, Sep 17       Facilitating Discussion

Wed, Sep 19       Group-Based Learning

Mon, Sep 24       Team-Based Learning (part 1)

Wed, Sep 26      Team-Based Learning (part 2)

Mon, Oct 1          Assessing, Testing, & Evaluation

Wed, Oct 3         The ABC’s of Grading

Mon, Oct 8         Teaching as Scholarship

Mon, Oct 10       Lifelong Learning (For the Teacher, Too!)

Mon, Oct 15       Supporting Students

Wed, Oct 17       Teaching Online

Mon, Oct 22       No Class – WTM out of town

Wed, Oct 24       No Class – WTM out of town

Mon, Oct 29       Practice Presentations

Wed, Oct 31      Practice Presentations

Mon, Nov 5        Student Presentation

Wed, Nov 7        No Class – WTM out of town

Mon, Nov 12      No Class – Veterans Day Holiday

Wed, Nov 14      Student Presentation

Mon, Nov 19      Student Presentation

Wed, Nov 21      No Class – Thanksgiving Holiday

Mon, Nov 26      Student Presentation

Wed, Nov 28      Student Presentation

Mon, Dec 3        Student Presentation

Wed, Dec 5        Course Debriefing

Sample topics for student presentations:

  1. Problem-Based Learning or Case-Based Learning
  2. Ethics in Teaching – The Teacher’s Responsibilities
  3. What to Do About Cheating
  4. Problem Students (There’s Almost Always at Least One!)
  5. Learning Through Writing (High Stakes & Low Stakes)
  6. Motivating Students To Learn
  7. Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
  8. Laboratory Instruction
  9. Teaching Values: Should We? Can We?
  10. Web-based teaching platforms
  11. Teaching by Distance Education
  12. Application of learning theories or learning styles
  13. Teaching Critical Thinking
  14. Approaches to Curriculum Planning
  15. Learning Styles – Are They Real?