SE Asia Institute Agenda

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AUGUST 17-22, 2013

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Saturday, 17 August

Plenary Sessions

The plenary sessions are interactive sessions to be held during most of Saturday and on the mornings of Sunday through Tuesday. These are designed to explore the three themes of the Institute through innovative teaching and learning methods that are appropriate for adults. The Institute’s leaders will present a series of interactive sessions and lead other activities designed to engage the participants in thinking, learning and teaching about responsible science.

08:00 – 10:15   Overview of the week   (presentation)

  • Committee members:  Introductions and experiences with responsible science
  • Overview of the Educational Institute for Responsible Science: Daily structure, descriptions of activities, working groups, expectations, and goals
  • Pre-assessment
  • What is Responsible Conduct of Research (including The Singapore Statement): Interactive discussion and review of the principles of responsible science

Learning objective:  Participants will identify the global elements of responsible conduct and scientific integrity
Teaching method:  Group share and report out: 4 topics covered sequentially by all groups
Facilitators:  John Clements, Clarissa Dirks

10:30 – 12:30   Higher education systems in individual countries

During this session participants from each country will work together to develop and present a poster illustrating the key points about their nation’s educational system, the audiences for teaching responsible science and any uses of innovative teaching methods.

Learning objective:  Participants will identify commonalities and differences among the educational systems of the 3 countries.
Teaching method:  Groups create posters and present
Facilitators:  Mohamed El-Faham, Indrani Karunasagar, Mohamed Mahyuddin, Anwar Nasim

14:00 – 15:00   How People Learn    (presentation  |  video)

Exploring principles of human learning through cognitive science. Using backward design and identifying learning objectives. This session will provide a framework to help Institute participants explore evidence from cognitive science about how people learn and to apply these principles to develop instructional materials for the classroom.

Facilitators:  Jay Labov, Jim Stith

15:00 – 16:30   The Korean Stem Cell Case    (presentation)

A number of ethical breaches and irresponsible research practices surrounded the publication of the first papers describing the use of human embryonic stem cells. Through an interactive overview of the case the participants will explore issues in responsible conduct of research.

Learning objective:  Having received a framework from the morning session, participants will analyze irresponsible practices of research.
Teaching method:  Free-thinking experiment
Facilitators:  Lida Anestidou, Jay Labov

Group Sessions

Group work will be one of the most important processes at this Institute, because it encourages the cross-fertilization of ideas among participants from different nations and educational systems and strengthens the impact of your work at the Institute when you return home. Most of the afternoons are devoted to group work time.

Participants will assemble into 4 working groups. The Institute’s facilitators will introduce a series of topics that are going to be further developed by the working groups during the week. After listening to presentations about each of the topics each working group will be assigned one topic. During the afternoon sessions each working group will develop a 45-minute teachable unit that all participants will be able to use, model, modify as needed, and apply at their home institutions. Each group will be assisted in its work by facilitators who are knowledgeable about both content and active learning pedagogies. The development of the teachable unit will result through the integration of the themes on responsible science with the new teaching methods.

17:00 – 19:00   Group Work 1

The members of each working group will spend a little time introducing themselves to their group before starting to work on their teachable unit.

Learning goal:  By employing the principles of “Backward Design” the group will develop the learning goals and objectives for their teachable unit and identify their target audiences.



Plenary Sessions

08:00 – 10:15   Analyzing issues from the Korean Stem Cell Case

Learning objectives:  Participants will be able to describe instances of research misconduct; participants will come to a consensus about elements for an appropriate definition of research misconduct.
Teaching method:  Each country will present its system for approaching/regulating misconduct

  • Research with human participants (45 minutes)  (presentation)

Learning objectives:  Participants will be able to explain and disseminate policies that safeguard human participants; to develop regulatory/compliance solutions where necessary; to teach best practices in human biomedical research
Teaching method:  Case studies
Facilitators:  Lida Anestidou, Jim Stith, Nancy Connell, Alastair Hay

10:30 – 11:30   Assessment    (presentation)

This session will focus on the roles and types of assessment (formative and summative) that can be used to measure student learning and how assessments can be constructed to align with and reinforce learning objectives. This session will also examine how instructors can use student assessment to measure the effectiveness of their teaching and the curriculum they are using.

Facilitators:  Clarissa Dirks, Jim Stith

11:30 – 12:30   Analyzing issues from the Korean Stem Cell Case (continued)    (presentation)

Learning objectives:  Participants will be able to analyze power relationships between mentor/mentee, to teach mentoring skills
Teaching method:  Role play
Facilitators:  Nancy Connell, Mohamed El-Faham, Alastair Hay

Group Sessions

14:00 – 16:30   Group Work 2

Participants in each working group will reflect on and discuss the morning’s topics: What did you learn? What questions do you still have? How do the topics apply to the development of your teachable unit this afternoon?

Learning goal:  Continuing to work with “Backward Design”, participants will refine the learning objectives of their teachable unit. The group will determine how to best assess the learning objectives and construct assessment questions.

17:00 – 19:00   Group Work 2 Continued

18:00 – 19:00  Facilitators Meet



Plenary Sessions

08:00 – 10:15   Research with Dual Use Potential    (presentation  |  video 1  |  video 2)

  • An Overview of the Topic

Learning goal:  Participants will discuss aspects of dual use research (biosafety, biosecurity, dissemination of potentially dangerous information)
Teaching method:  Jigsaw
Facilitators:  John Clements, Clarissa Dirks

10:30 – 11:30   Active Learning    (presentation)

Throughout the Institute’s other sessions participants have observed and engaged with a variety of techniques designed to improve student learning. Collectively, these constitute what is known as ‘active learning.’ Active learners take responsibility for their learning by participating in problem solving, group work, or related activities that engage them in the learning process and help them construct their knowledge. In this session we will explore the evidence supporting the benefits of using active learning in classrooms and other venues and emphasize how faculty can transition from more passive instructor-centered to more active learner-centered teaching approaches using a “toolbox” of techniques for engaging learners.

Faciliators:  Clarissa Dirks, Nancy Connell, Jim Stith, Jay Labov

11:30 – 12:30  Research with Dual Use Potential (continued) (video)

Learning objectives:  Participants will create a list of actions toward ensuring that scientific knowledge and resources are not used inappropriately.
Faciliators:  John Clements, Clarissa Dirks, Alastair Hay

Group Sessions

14:00 – 15:00   Group Work 3

Participants in each working group will reflect on and discuss the morning’s topics: What did you learn? What questions do you still have? How do the topics apply to the development of your teachable unit this afternoon?

Learning goal:  Participants will discuss ideas for teaching their unit such that their audience may learn the learning objectives that the unit is designed to achieve. In addition, each group will prepare for the group share session. In the group share session, each working group will share (i.e., present) its ideas to another working group to get informal feedback on their teachable unit.

15:00 – 16:30  Group share session 1

Learning goal:  In this session your group will share that you have accomplished thus far and your leans for developing your presentation with another group, which will make suggestions for modifying or improving your work. The two groups will then reverse roles.
Learning objective:  Identify and articulate elements of the other group’s teachable unit that merit revision and offer constructive feedback.
Teaching Method:  Peer review

17:00 – 19:00   Group work 3 continued

Learning goal:  You will identify pedagogical methods for your presentation on Wednesday based on the feedback you received from the group share session. Use “Backward Design” and develop the active learning approaches that will enable your students to achieve the learning goals and objectives of your teachable unit.

18:00 – 19:00   Facilitators meet

20:00   Movie night:  Contagion by Steven Soderbergh



Plenary Sessions

08:00 – 10:15   Themes from the movie Contagion    (presentation)

Learning objectives:  Participants will be able to relate fictitious events from the movie Contagion to real life events; project the global political, social and public health effects of a deadly and rapid global pandemic; relate aspects of the responsible conduct of science to the prevention of such a catastrophe; formulate ideas of how to use media to educate scientists and the population of the risks as well as benefits of infectious disease research.
Teaching method:  Flip charts with topics; group assignments
Facilitators:  Nancy Connell, Jay Labov

10:30 – 12:30   The case of the H5N1 transmissibility studies    (presentation)

In 2012 two research groups submitted fro publication manuscripts on studies that enabled the transmission of the H5N1 influenza virus between ferrets. Since then the global scientific community, international organizations, and governments have been trying to agree on a framework that will govern this type of research.

Learning objectives:  Participants will be able to define the roles of scientists in contemporary society; examine historical and contemporary examples of the impact of individual scientists on societal events; teach and develop ways for students to recognize and appreciate their roles and responsibilities in society
Teaching method:  Groups are assigned a stakeholder role (public, WHO, researchers, media, journal editors)
Facilitators:  Nancy Connell

Group Sessions

14:00 – 15:00   Group Work 4

Participants in each working group will reflect on and discuss the morning’s topics:  What did you learn? What questions do you still have? How do the topics apply to the development of your teachable unit this afternoon? Participants will refine the active learning component of their teachable unit and prepare for the group share session later in the afternoon.

15:00 – 16:30  Group share session 2

During this group share session, each working group will share and teach its teachable unit to another group to get informal feedback on their teachable unit. Each group will in turn participate as “students” to model how the unit will be used. This is a test run for the presentations on Wednesday.

Learning objective:  To review another group’s teachable unit, identify elements that merit revisions and offer constructive feedback.

17:00 – 19:00   Group Work 4 continued

Learning goal:  Analyze and apply the feedback you received from the group share session. Prepare for your presentation the following day.

18:00 – 19:00  Facilitators meet



Group Presentations

08:00 – 10:15  Groups prepare for presentations

10:30 – 12:30  Group Presentations

During the rest of the day each of the working groups will present their peer-reviewed teachable unit on a responsible science topic to the rest of the participants followed by a period of questions and answers. Each session will last for approximately 60 minutes:  45 minutes for the group’s presentation and 15 minutes for questions and discussions.

Group 1 Presentation

Group 2 Presentation

Group 3 Presentation

Group 4 Presentation


14:00 – 16:30   Group presentations continued

17:00 – 19:00   Group presentations continued



Final Day

08:00   Discussion of next steps and opportunities

  • Applying for implementation grants
  • The need for and uses of a post-Institute survey
  • Assessment of learning

08:45 – 10:45   Implementing lessons from the Institute at your home institutions

National teams will regroup to prepare posters describing their implementation plans over the next 6 months with an eye toward the evaluation meeting in March 2014. These implementation plans should include the key audiences to be targeted; the key stakeholders to embrace the new opportunity; anticipated delays and hurdles; and anticipated resources needed.

11:00 – 12:30   Debriefing and adjournment