Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom


Dates / Times (Fall 2024): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, starting September 5
Instructor: Mitch Nathan
: 1053 Educational Sciences
Credit information: 2 credits (optional)
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: ΔΔ (2 deltas)



This course offers participants the opportunity to develop foundational knowledge of a wide range of pedagogical theories, ideas, and practices. The material in the course pulls from classical pedagogical literature as well as the latest science in cognitive research. An emphasis is placed on fostering a learner-centered classroom that highlights the interconnected cycle of teaching, learning, and assessment. Participants will engage in the course material using a Teaching-As-Research (TAR) approach and explore how excellence and diversity are intertwined. Together, we will create a learning community of reflective practitioners of teaching. More specifically, we will examine the literature in teaching and learning, produce learner-centered syllabi, and practice actual teaching in a supportive environment grounded in a TAR approach. After completing this course, participants will have tools to create an inclusive classroom environment that welcomes all learners and use a TAR approach in future classrooms of their own.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Mitchell Nathan earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He studies how we think, teach, and learn, with particular emphasis on the role that language and embodied processes play in mathematics and engineering learning, teaching, educational assessment, and design. Learn more about Dr. Nathan and his research interests.

What do past participants say?

“THE best introduction I’ve had to connect best practices and teaching-as-research to the classroom.”

“My goals for the course were to gain a level of understanding on how to teach since I have 0 experience. I did achieve my goals, I now have an understanding of how to teach in a college classroom and foster a learning environment. Being a student for a long time, I now realize the lecture/PowerPoint approach, something I have seen often, is not always the best way to teach students.”


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