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New Innovative Teaching Showcase features the use of inquiry-based learning

Western Today staff
  • Stephanie Treneer (Mathematics)
    Stephanie Treneer (Mathematics)
  • Andrew Boudreaux (Physics and Astronomy Department)
    Andrew Boudreaux (Physics and Astronomy Department)
  • Team from SMATE (Science, Math, and Technology Education): Emily Borda (Chemistry), Deb Donovan (Biology), Sue DeBari (Geology), Scott Linneman (Geology), and Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez (Biology)
    Team from SMATE (Science, Math, and Technology Education): Emily Borda (Chemistry), Deb Donovan (Biology), Sue DeBari (Geology), Scott Linneman (Geology), and Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez (Biology)

The 2016 Innovative Teaching Showcase looks at the ways several Western Washington University instructors use inquiry-based learning to guide and mentor students via well-crafted learning experiences where students actively grapple with essential course concepts. Inquiry-based learning can take many shapes, but at its core, students work actively to make meaning of course content, putting them at the center of their learning.

The 2015-16 Showcase features:

  • Andrew Boudreaux and the Physics Team (Physics and Astronomy Department)
  • Stephanie Treneer (Mathematics)
  • Team from SMATE (Science, Math, and Technology Education): Emily Borda (Chemistry), Deb Donovan (Biology), Sue DeBari (Geology), Scott Linneman (Geology), and Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez (Biology)

Seeking Instructor Profiles: 

The science instructors featured in the Showcase are among many at Western who do this essential work; however, inquiry-based learning happens in a variety of disciplines! The Showcase publication includes a “Profiles” page where we can share more ideas for teaching with this method. Please view examples and contribute your profile using the submission form or email.

For 16 years, the CIIA has published a new online edition of its Innovative Teaching Showcase—a collection of innovative teaching practices by more than 60 WWU faculty members. The design of the Showcase has evolved into a Creative Commons-licensed collection, catalogued via Western Libraries, and followed by a global audience.

For more information on the Innovative Teaching Showcase, visit http://cii.wwu.edu/showcase/ or contact Justina Brown at 360-650-7210 or via e-mail at Justina.Brown@wwu.edu.

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