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Mobile Summer Institutes

The Mobile Summer Institutes (MoSIs) are an institution-based iteration of the nationally renowned Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching that address challenges in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education reform unique to college and universities.

The Program

The Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) team, composed of national leaders in education reform, travels to post-secondary institutions and trains a critical mass of educators within whole departments or colleges to create inclusive, student-centered classrooms that engage students to learn – as scientists do – through active problem solving and discussion. MoSI leaders facilitate workshops, group work, and presentations, to train participants on innovations and research in undergraduate education. By the end of the MoSI, participants develop and peer-review teaching materials, plus learn how to implement scientific teaching in their classrooms, and how to evaluate their peers in order to develop as reflective practitioners.

In addition to the proven training paradigm provided by the pedagogy workshop, the Mobile Summer Institutes provide instruction in peer evaluation to drive long-term reflective teaching as well as facilitated strategic planning to leverage newly gained expertise toward educational reform. The MoSI model is based on Charles Henderson’s four categories of change strategies to improve adoption of evidence-based teaching.

The MoSIs also include an administrator’s workshop to foster the buy-in and support of local policy makers by developing a shared vision between administrators and MoSI participants.

The Structure

The 2018 Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching is a 5-day professional development opportunity for current STEM faculty and instructors as well as future STEM faculty who are interested in an academic career that involves teaching and mentoring diverse undergraduates. We invite SHSU faculty and instructors from all STEM departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of Science and Engineering Technology to apply.

The goal of the Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) is to help faculty and instructors develop the teaching, assessment, and classroom observation skills they need to begin an evidence-based curricular transformation of their undergraduate STEM classrooms. The SI draws on the pedagogical expertise and STEM content knowledge of both facilitators and participants. Current education research on active learning, assessment, reflective practice, and inclusive teaching are woven into the program, creating a forum to share ideas and develop innovative instructional materials to be implemented during the following academic year.

2018 MOSI Participants

Mosi Group

In May, two program leaders from the NSF-funded Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) spent a week with STEM faculty from the College of Sciences and Engineering Technology (CoSET) and introduced them to active-learning techniques, inclusiveness and assessment strategies. Ten faculty members who participated in the MoSI were provided a stipend to integrate active learning into a Fall 2018 undergraduate course. This cohort of ten faculty will meet monthly beginning in August to discuss progress on this project.

For more information on the Mobile Summer Institute, contact the STEM Center, or the director Brian Loft.

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program under Award No. 1725674. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.