Forty SCMNS Faculty Participate in the National Academies Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) on Scientific Teaching

From August 14th through 18th, the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) at Morgan State University hosted a Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) on Scientific Teaching with the National Academies. The week-long institute was led by Dr. Michelle Withers, the P.I. of the NSF grant funding the training effort. Nearly 40 faculty members from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics participated in this very intense training workshop.

Dr. Withers and fellow facilitator Dr. Jim Ballenger used active, student-centered learning approaches in small groups to help faculty develop active learning curricular modules and outcomes-guided curricular design using their own courses. Several SCMNS faculty previously trained in these methods at off-site institutes also worked as facilitators in this process. The Institute concluded with strategic planning sessions in which faculty set goals and developed plans to implement the new teaching methods over the course of the coming year. Senior SCMNS and University administrators attended the strategic planning session and a subsequent meeting with SCMNS Department Chairs to review the Institute. "This will have a long-lasting effect on teaching and learning and reaching the 50% graduation rate set in the University Strategic Plan," said Dr. Hongtao Yu, Dean of SCMNS.