Members of the Yale Summer Institutes (SI) evaluation team traveled to each of the 2017 Regional SIs this year. Evaluation director Mark Graham
visited University of Chicago and University of California, San Diego; postdoctoral research associate Meghan Bathgate
traveled to Louisiana State University and University of Connecticut; and, postdoctoral research associate Andrew Cavanagh
traveled to University of Oregon and University of Minnesota.
The goal of these visits was to provide actionable information to participants, facilitators, and site leaders as they considered ways to best engage their students through scientific teaching. The team members each spoke about data from a recent survey of over 700 Summer Institutes alumni. One theme from the team’s analyses was the importance of building supports for scientific teaching. There was a strong relationship between scientific teaching and instructors’ perceptions of the number of supports
available to them (e.g., helpful peers, access to online resources, positive student responses). Based on these findings, the evaluation team and SI attendees discussed practical ways instructors can increase their capacity to adopt evidence-based practices – in part by developing an awareness of supports available at their home institution and creating new supports.
Looking for resources to support your implementation of scientific teaching? Check out the "Resources" tab on the Summer Institutes website