Teaching Symposium

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

The 2018 RiSE Center Teaching Symposium:

Strategies for engaged student learning in undergraduate STEM courses

Wednesday June 27th, 2018
Wells Conference Center
University of Maine, Orono

The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) at the University of Maine invites Maine STEM educators at the undergraduate level to join us for this one-day teaching symposium. STEM and STEM Education faculty, instructors, administrators, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to learn about the research-based and evidence-guided teaching strategies being used by peers in colleges and universities across Maine in the STEM disciplines at the undergraduate level.

The goals of the Teaching Symposium are:

  • To strengthen the faculty community that is using evidence-guided teaching in undergraduate STEM courses
  • To provide a forum for research-supported strategies to enhance student learning in STEM
  • To connect potential collaborators across Maine campuses (including program integration across the University of Maine System)

We hope this to be a lively forum of ideas and discussion from all participants!  All are welcome to join and are encouraged to submit a proposal for a workshop, panel discussion, roundtable discussion, or poster. 

To register

Visit http://bit.ly/TeachingSymposium-Register (space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis). There is no charge for STEM faculty, instructors, administrators, graduate students, and postdocs to participate in this symposium.   The deadline to register is midnight on June 19.


8:30 – 9:00 am     Continental Breakfast
9:00 -10:00 am    Welcome and Opening Session
10:00 -11:00 am  Session 1 Series: Panel Discussions and Roundtable Discussions
11:00 – 12:00 pm Session 2 Series: Panel Discussions and Roundtable Discussions
12:15 -1:15 pm    Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 pm     Session 3 Series: Workshops
3:45 – 5:00 pm    Poster Session and Networking

For a more detailed list of panel discussions, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions – please visit http://bit.ly/TeachingSymposium-Schedule.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Vinson (erin.vinson@maine.edu).

The deadlines for submitting session proposals and poster abstracts has passed.

Session Series Proposal

Those interested in presenting a session may submit a proposal for the following session types:

  • Workshop (2 hours): Presenter offers hands-on activity or strategy for session attendees to learn from. Example: How to write effective clicker questions.
  • Panel discussion (1 hour): Presenter works with a panel to present on a single topic. Presenter can either choose their own panelists or the RiSE Center can assist with finding panelists for the given topic. Example: How do you get student buy-in when trying active learning strategies?
  • Roundtable discussion (1 hour): Presenter facilitates a discussion with session attendees. Example: What are some of the common conceptual difficulties in biology and what teaching strategies help students overcome these difficulties?

To submit a session proposal, you will need to include:

  • Lead presenter contact and campus information
  • Co-presenter contact and campus information
  • Session type (workshop, panel, or roundtable)
  • Session title (limit 25 words)
  • Session description (limit 200 words)
  • Statement of relevance: Why do you feel this is an important topic for STEM educators at the undergraduate level?
  • Brief autobiography, including lead and co-presenters’ background on the topic (limit 200 words)
  • Resources needed for session
  • Preferred classroom type and layout

Submit your proposal at http://bit.ly/TeachingSymposium-Session.  The deadline to submit a session proposal is May 24, 2018.  **The deadline has been extended to June 1!

Poster abstracts

All participants are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster to be displayed and presented during the afternoon poster and networking session.  

To submit for a poster presentation, you will need to include:

  • Author(s) information
  • Title (limit 25 words)
  • Poster abstract (limit 200 words)
  • Brief autobiography (limit 200 words)

Submit your poster abstract at http://bit.ly/TeachingSymposium-Poster.  The deadline to submit a poster abstract is June 4, 2018.