The Olin Collaboratory Summer Institute has provided participants from around the country and around the world with the opportunity to conceive and catalyze change in engineering education. In 2017, Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences was held June 5-9 on our Needham campus. Dates for 2018 will be announced shortly.
Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences is a weeklong interactive workshop for faculty teams engaged in a curricular change effort at their own institution. Through participatory workshops, immersive design exercises, and presentations from experts, teams of faculty learn about, experience, and practice effective, engaging teaching approaches for new and meaningful STEM curricula. Program sessions help you to:
- Understand and empathize with your students and their experience;
- Create a learning environment that enables and encourages intrinsic motivation;
- Design project-based experiences, new assessment approaches, and teaming experiences that are purposeful, integrated, and effective;
- Practice effective leadership to build successful solutions for curricular change; and
- Apply your learning to creating solutions that will work in your own context.
Together with others from comparable institutions, you and your team develop concrete action plans for curricular change. Sessions are highly participatory and you are challenged to continually consider new ideas and put novel approaches into practice. Institute attendees acquire a new lens through which to view their projects, an expanded repertoire of techniques and solutions, and concrete steps to take their plans forward.
Here are some highlights from this year's Summer Institute:
The Summer Institute is an intensive week-long immersion in the process of curricular design. Past attendees have ranged from Deans to new faculty members as well as everyone in between. All participants should be prepared to spend the full week deeply engaged in this demanding program. Applicants must apply in teams of at least three and describe a project (in the contemplation, planning, or execution stage) at their home institution. Teams are also required to do preliminary homework, such as interviewing students from their own institution; this work provides a background to the week's activities.