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Empowering Learning -- TeachWeek Caltech January 17-23, 2017

CTLO hosts Caltech’s second annual TeachWeek: January 17 through 23! It’s a great opportunity to gather new ideas from fellow faculty and guest speakers during events, as well as sit in on open classes designated by your colleagues and observe first hand how they approach different subjects and levels with Caltech students. 

Space is limited for some open classes and events, so please register online today: 

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Teaching and Learning Research in a nutshell
Transparency in Teaching Improves Students’ Learning
When instructors implement transparent teaching methods, students’ overall learning increases, with notable benefits for underrepresented students. Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes at University of Nevada Las Vegas has been involved in the Transparency Initiative since its inception in 2010. The Transparency Initiative has determined that by implementing the following transparent teaching practices in introductory courses, an instructor can greatly benefit student learning:
  • “Discuss assignments’ learning goals and design rationale before students begin each assignment.
  • Gauge students’ understanding during class via peer work on questions that require students to apply concepts you’ve taught
  • Debrief graded tests and assignments in class
  • Explicitly connect “how people learn” data with course activities when students struggle at difficult transition points.”
For more specifics, read about the results of the study and how transparency in teaching can increase under-served students’ learning, or come to Dr. Winkelmes's talk and workshop during TeachWeek.
STEM High School Competition

CTLO 2016: Facts and Figures     


  • 36 graduate students and post-docs attended the ABCs of Course Design short course taught by Dr. Jenn Weaver
  • 15 faculty and two head TAs attended the Faculty Summer Short Course: (Re)Designing your Class taught by Dr. Jenn Weaver
  • 7 new faculty attended our New Faculty Workshop, led by Dr. Cassandra Horii
  • Over 280 graduate students, post-docs and faculty attended our Fall Teaching Conference
  • Over 900 young scientists and engineers enrolled in 2016 summer programs  
  • Over 125 campers were on full or partial scholarship
  • 225 campers were in programs specifically for girls
  • Over 3,300 local students and teachers were involved in Caltech programs last year

For more information about our milestones since the CTLO began operating in 2012, please see: Report on our First Four Years: 2012-13 through 2015-16.

Caltech Hosts STEM Competitions for Top High School Students
This fall, Caltech once again hosted the Caltech Harvey Mudd High School Math Competition. Nearly 300 high school students competed in the day-long event. While most participants represented schools in Southern California, one team traveled from Seattle, Washington for the competition.

Outreach: Caltech hosts STEM Competition
Caltech Math Club president, Jalex Stark announces math competition team winner,
Star League aStar Bay Area Air.
Caltech also hosted the Western Regional finals for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.  A panel of Caltech faculty members and postdocs lead by Professor Rick Flagan selected Vineet Edupuganti as the Western Regional Winner.  In December, Edupuganti went on to win the top national prize, a $100,000 scholarship, for his project, Development of a High Performance Biodegradable Battery for Transient Electronics.

Whether you are at the proposal or implementation stage, CTLO can help you develop and implement effective educational outreach and "broader impacts" models. We have collaborated on a number of successful grant applications recently. If your plans involve hosting or working with minors on campus, please review Caltech’s Guidelines for Programs with Minors. You may also contact Mitch Aiken, / 395-4641 for assistance in developing and implementing your plan.  
TeachWeek Events -- RSVP Here
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
3:30 PM Reception
4:00-5:00 PM
Empowering Learning through Teaching, at Caltech and Beyond
Panel discussion with faculty and alumni
Dabney Lounge

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
12:00-1:00PM Keynote Talk
1:15-2:30PM Workshop
Teaching with Transparency: Empowering Equitable Learning
Talk and workshop by Mary-Ann Winklemes
Avery Dining hall

Thursday, January 19, 2017
1:00-2:15 or 2:30-3:45 PM
Teaching 21st-Century Knowledge Management Skills: A Carpentry Approach to Open Data, Software, and Publications
Workshops by Caltech Library and CTLO Staff
Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room

Friday, January 20, 2017
Questioning Why and How We Gather Students Together: Empowering Changes in Curricula and Teaching
Talk by John Pollard
Noyes 153

Monday, January 23, 2017
Ignite Your Teaching: Ideas and Practices You Can Use
Introductory Remarks by President Thomas F. Rosenbaum
Showcase with Caltech faculty, staff and TAs
Reception immediately following
Cahill Center, Hameetman Auditorium

Sit in on open classes throughout the week.
Reserve your seat online.
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