Mangalore Meeting Overview and Background

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April 30 – May 3, 2015


Goals of the First Indian Educational Institute on Responsible Science

The goal of the first Indian Educational Institute on Responsible Science is to develop a network of Indian faculty members who are knowledgeable about responsible science and who can educate others using active learning pedagogical techniques. As a participant, you will learn how to use new teaching methods, understand how to assess your students’ learning, and work in teams in order to develop a teaching module on a topic pertaining to responsible science that can be shared with the other participants at the Institute. You will be able to incorporate your experiences and the resources that you learn about and develop during the Institute into existing programs at your home institution. You and your team will more effectively collaborate as teachers and researchers within and across your institutions.

Specific Outcomes

By the end of the four days, as a participant you will have:

  • Explored the basic values that define the scientist as an individual, as a practicing researcher, and as a member of the global scientific community.
  • Worked as part of a team to increase and share your knowledge, build new skills, and cultivate partnerships in teaching and learning (because in the team you will be both a teacher and a student.)
  • Explored and tested various evidence-based teaching methods that engage and assess a diverse student population.
  • Created and peer-reviewed a teaching module on a topic of responsible science to use in your home institution using the new teaching methods.
  • Developed skills and tactics to help you create and lead your own teaching events on responsible science.

Themes of the Institute

The first Indian Educational Institute is constructed around three core themes: the development of professionalism in science, conducting research responsibly, and being part of the responsible scientific community. These themes explore the basic values that define the scientist as an individual, as a practicing researcher and as a member of the global scientific community. These themes, which build on each other, will be explored through the techniques and practices of active learning, which challenges scientists and researchers to teach their fellow scientists using critical thinking, intellectual rigor, creativity, and the spirit of experimentation that defines modern scientific research. The Educational Institute uses a diverse collection of active learning and assessment techniques – “diverse” both in the goals and methods we use and in the audiences we strive to reach – to engage the participants in learning. Some activities will be more appropriate and effective for your specific goals and teaching environment, some perhaps less so, and some may be unfamiliar.

Using new teaching methods to increase awareness about research integrity will be challenging and we ask that you pay attention to the diversity of activities and content that are introduced and practiced throughout the week. Note each person’s unique approach to learning and teaching; take the time to reflect on the evidence for each approach, and consider whether you could include the methods in your own teaching about responsible science.

Daily Schedule

Plenary Sessions

The plenary sessions are interactive sessions held on most of Day 1 (Thursday) and the morning of Day 2 and 3 (Friday and Saturday). These are designed to explore the three themes of the Institute through innovative teaching and learning methods. The Institute’s facilitators will present a series of interactive mini-lectures and lead other activities designed to engage the participants in thinking, learning and teaching about responsible science.

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 institutions and strengthens the impact of your work at the Institute when you return to your home base. Most of the afternoons are devoted to group work time.

On Thursday afternoon, all participants will be assigned into working groups and meet for the first time as a group. The Institute’s facilitators will introduce three short topics that are going to be further developed by the working groups during the following days. (Session facilitator: Nancy Connell)

During the afternoon sessions, each working group will prepare a teaching module that all participants will be able to use, adapt, and model 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 teaching module will result from the integration of the themes on responsible science with the new teaching methods.

The final product will be a combination of a list of teaching materials and active learning methods with a demonstration of a portion of the teaching module. Each group will present its teachable unit during Sunday, May 3. The learning goal of preparing the teaching module is to 1. Combine new teaching methods to teach a topic on responsible science and 2. Demonstrate to the participants how this teachable unit can be used at your home institution.