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Certificate in Teaching in Biomedical Sciences

The Centennial Biomedical Campus offers a Certificate in Teaching in Biomedical Sciences to encourage professional development and help prepare graduate students, house officers, and postdocs for future positions as instructors, trainers and faculty members. Participants may choose to complete the certificate program over the course of completing their graduate program*.

*Credits for workshops attended are good for three years only if you choose to continue on to the CoAT Program.

Spring 2014 CVM Workshop Series
REGISTER HERE: Login using your NCSU UNITY ID and password, click the box by the event(s) you wish to register for, then click "SUMIT". Note: the workshops below are offered on the Comparative Biomedical Campus (CBC). Workshops may also be taken in different formats, in person or on demand, through the Graduate School. Please visit the FIT Website for a schedule of additional workshops offered on the main campus and online.

Canceled Due to Weather (please see rescheduling below) FIT: Introduction to Teaching in the Lab
Date: 3-7-14  
Time: 12-2pm    
Location: A101(CBC)

Description: For those who teach in lab settings, you know there are many challenges that can impact the teaching and learning process. Whether it's lab safety concerns, managing students in a lab space, or designing effective activities for labs, we know that teaching in a lab is challenging and rewarding.  In this workshop, participants will explore these challenges and address ways to effectively teach in the laboratory setting.

Outcomes:  After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:
-discuss classroom management issues specific to the laboratory setting
-create effective active learning activities for lab settings
-practice organizing and planning for a lab

FIT: Teaching Portfolio and Philosophy Kickstart
Date: 3-19-14    
Time: 12-2pm
Location: A101(CBC)

Description: A teaching portfolio is an important tool for documenting your teaching experience, presenting your effectiveness as a teacher, and showing your dedication to continued growth and development as an educator.  Writing the teaching philosophy is one of the most challenging tasks you will do when developing your portfolio.  It is also the most important. In this blended workshop, you will watch 2 online videos and write a first draft of your teaching philosophy to bring with you to the workshop.  The videos are on-demand and may be viewed at any time prior to the workshop.

Task:  After you have completed Parts 1 and 2 of the Introduction to the Teaching Portfolio online module, bring two copies of your teaching philosophy draft to the workshop. You will work with a peer to develop your best teaching philosophy, and you'll be able to ask questions and plan to create your teaching portfolio.

Learning Outcomes:  After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

-describe what a teaching portfolio is (and is not)
-list reasons why a teaching portfolio is important
-explain the three main components of a teaching portfolio
-generate ideas for materials to include in your portfolio
-explain the importance of the teaching philosophy
-analyze teaching philosophy statements
-apply feedback from peers to edit and revise your teaching philosophy statement
-offer constructive feedback to others who are writing their teaching philosophy statement
-apply the rubric and guidelines to evaluate the quality of teaching philosophy statements

FIT: Learning Styles
Date: 3-27-14
Time: 1-3pm
Location: D239 (CBC)

Description:  There are more than eight different learning styles, and traditional teaching methods only assist in addressing a few of them.  In this workshop, we will discuss the different ways people learn and explore how you can make simple adaptations to your teaching to enhance the learning process. 

Outcomes:  After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:
-explore how your own learning style influences your teaching style
-identify and explain the eight different learning styles
-discuss the importance of considering  different learning styles when developing lesson plans
-discuss and share practical ways to include a variety of strategies to address learning styles in your classroom

FIT: Active Learning
Date: 4-3-14 
Time: 12-2pm
Location: A101(CBC)

Description:  Active learning can engage students, enhance learning, and create an exciting classroom environment.  In this workshop, participants will explore a variety of active learning strategies that can be used in any classroom or lab setting.  We will identify define, identify, and practice several active learning strategies, and we will address some of the challenges of using active learning in the classroom.

Outcomes:  After this workshop, participants will be able to:
-define active learning
-compare and contrast active vs. passive learning
-practice and evaluate a variety of active learning techniques
-identify ways to establish a classroom environment that supports active learning
-develop one active learning strategy
-assess active learning strategies to aid in continued improvement and refinement

Canceled Due to Low Enrollment (We hope to offer this workshop Fall 2014) FIT: Introduction to Teaching in the Lab
Date: 4-11-14  
Time: 12-2pm    
Location: D239(CBC)

Description: For those who teach in lab settings, you know there are many challenges that can impact the teaching and learning process. Whether it's lab safety concerns, managing students in a lab space, or designing effective activities for labs, we know that teaching in a lab is challenging and rewarding.  In this workshop, participants will explore these challenges and address ways to effectively teach in the laboratory setting.

Outcomes:  After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:
-discuss classroom management issues specific to the laboratory setting
-create effective active learning activities for lab settings
-practice organizing and planning for a lab

The ABCs of Multiple Choice Questions (This is separate from the FIT workshops offered and will count as a CVM Workshop.)
Register here for this workshop: Please register before Friday, April 11 at 4pm.
Date: 4-15-14 
Time: 12:15-1:15pm
Location: D239 (CBC)

Description: This seminar will provide attendees with tools to assist them in writing more effective multiple choice questions (MCQs). The 2 presenters will discuss the "Anatomy" of an MCQ, and dispel some common misconceptions about this type of test question. We will discuss the Benefits and drawbacks of MCQs, and use many examples to demonstrate both effective and ineffective questions. The session will conclude with a discussion of Calculations that can be used in evaluating MCQs. At the end of this seminar attendees should be able to systematically and critically evaluate MCQs, and make suggestions for their improvement.


Application Information

Participants must register by completing the Certificate in Teaching Biomedical Sciences application.

Overview of Program Requirements

  1. Complete the Certificate in Teaching Biomedical Sciences application.
  2. Attend the Introduction to Teaching workshop. This workshop is offered through the Graduate School FIT workshops. The Introduction to Teaching workshop is offered multiple times every semester on the main campus and once in the fall and spring semesters on the Centennial Biomedical Campus (CVM Campus) to allow opportunities for participants to learn basic skills in lesson planning, course organization, active learning techniques, and assessment strategies related to effective teaching. You may take the FIT workshops in any order, although this workshop is a great place to start.
  3. Attend one Fundamentals in Teaching (FIT) workshop.  Any of the FIT workshops offered through the Graduate School count towards the teaching certificate unless otherwise noted. Workshops are offered in person, online, on-demand, and in blended formats. Workshops on the Centennial Biomedical Campus will be in person.
  4. Complete three CVM workshops: These workshops will be offered at the Centennial Biomedical Campus (CVM Campus) throughout the fall and spring semesters. Not all CVM workshops listed below will be offered every semester. Additional workshops maybe added. These workshops may also be offered through the Graduate School FIT workshops.

The ABCs of Multiple Choice Questions
Effective Tutoring
Introduction to Teaching Philosophies
Introduction to Active Learning
Learning Styles
Developing Exam Questions
Faculty Panel on Teaching

  1. Complete the teaching portfolio requirements. These requirements can be completed as you go. All three requirements will be covered in the Introduction to Teaching Workshop. The year you plane to complete the program, please submit your teaching portfolio requirements to the Coordinator of Gradute Programs and Research Training (cvm_grad@ncsu.edu) by July 1. Certificates are presented in August.

    Curriculum Vitae
    Teaching Philosophy
    Lesson Plan with Reflective Summary of Teaching

    Teaching responsibilities may be: leading a lecture, leading a lab, leading a recitation session, leading a review or study session for a group of students, filling in for a professor who is away at a conference that day, co-teaching a class with an instructor, leading online discussions as part of a course, leading more lectures towards the end of the semester rather than at the beginning, etc.

Certificate Requirements

2 FIT Workshops - NCSU Graduate School
Introduction to Teaching
1 FIT (Fundamentals in Teaching) workshop
3 CVM Workshops - CVM
Effective Tutoring
Introduction to Teaching Philosophies
Introduction to Active Learning
Developing Exam Questions

Faculty Panel on Teaching

* Additional CVM Workshops will be offered
Teaching Portfolio Requirements
Curriculum Vitae
Teaching Philosophy

Lesson Plan

-Reflective Summary (1-2 pages)

The year you plan to complete the program, please submit your teaching portfolio requirements to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs and Research Training (cvm_grad@ncsu.edu) by July 1. Certificates are presented in August.