Past Events: Research-based Instructional Strategies in Engineering (RISE)

FSE Research-based Instructional Strategies in Engineering (RISE) is a year-long program designed to offer actionable instructional ideas specific to teaching and learning in engineering courses.  Below are summaries of past sessions with additional resources.

RISE Workshop #1: Engaging Students

RISE Workshop #1 

Date: September 10, 2021 

Topic: Engaging Students – Introduction to Active Learning, the Entrepreneurial Mindset, and Instructional Delivery Tools

The Research-based Instructional Strategies (RISE) kicked off the first meeting of the fall semester on the topic of Engaging Students. Dr. Lindy Mayled welcomed the new faculty group with an introduction on the FSE Learning and Teaching Hub and expectations for the year-long series. This first session’s learning objectives for faculty were: identify the seven principles of Chickering’s good practice in undergraduate education, recognize differences between instructor-centered and student-centered classroom practices, justify the use of active learning in the classroom, and discuss how active learning can support student achievement. Faculty were also encouraged to design an active learning activity using a newly-learned strategy before the next workshop.

Christina Hernandez from the Fulton Tutoring Center also highlighted opportunities for faculty to connect with the center, including course and tutor support. Resources for the semester, including ASU’s official slide template, Back to School Teaching Resources, classroom engagement strategies, and LearnX’s Self-Paced Training Modules were also shared.

RISE Workshop #2: Assessing Learning

RISE Workshop #2

Date: October 8, 2021

Topic: Assessing Learning – Writing Measurable Learning Objectives, Formative and Summative Feedback, Assessment Strategies, and Academic Integrity

The second workshop of the RISE series, lead by Dr. Lindy Mayled, focused on assessing learning. This sessions learning objectives included: explain the benefits of clear and measurable learning objectives, describe the basic structure of the six Bloom’s learning levels with associated student cognitive processes and tasks, differentiate between formative and summative feedback and analyze types of activities that support each type of assessment, identify two of the six forms of assessment that can be used for evaluating student learning, and apply assessment practices to an upcoming instructional opportunity.

Several slides and resources from Dr. Julia WIlliams, Associate Professor Emeritus from University of Minnesota Duluth, were also shared. Dr. Williams recently presented as a guest speaker for the TCP (Meeting #2: Am I doing this right?) where she overviewed the six forms of assessment of/for student learning and detailed the five essential tools for construction of assessment. 

Resources from this session also included a Chapter Summary from Teaching and Learning STEM: Designing and Grading Assessment, the ASU Learning Objectives Builder and the Carnegie Mellon Sample Learning Objectives, along with Classroom Engagement Strategies

RISE Workshop #3: Instructional Innovation

RISE Workshop #3

Date: November 12, 2021

Topic: Instructional Innovation with President’s Professor Keith Hjelmstad 

The final workshop of the RISE series for Fall semester was lead by Dr. Keith Hjelmstad, who shared his instruction innovations on teaching with and Entrepreneurial Mindset, classroom management strategies, mastery-based grading, UGTAs, and student-centered instruction. 

Resources from this session included a list of active learning classrooms on ASU campus for faculty to consider, a video on the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UGTA) program, and a summary of classroom ideas for using UGTAs to support learning.

If you would like to receive more detailed information on past meeting resources or to join the RISE cohort, please contact Kristen Peña.