Faculty from IUP and two additional National Science Foundation-funded programs (Westminster College and State University of New York at Cortland, Plattsburgh, Oneonta, and Oswego) will host a workshop (via Zoom) on August 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m."Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workforce: Cross-disciplinary, Team- and Project-based Experiences."

The workshop is designed to prepare for the needed flexibility of the fall semester by adding team- and project-based experiences to how faculty offer coursework.

The schedule includes an opening plenary session from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. when host institutions provide an overview of their NSF projects and brief descriptions of their respective breakout session; breakout sessions from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., and 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. with an optional networking lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m. and the closing plenary session from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., when host institutions provide lessons learned and or assessment results.

Breakout session topics include:

  • Facilitating cross-disciplinary communication: a case study approach using immediate feedback-assessment techniques
  • Guiding team-based project work using a project management framework
  • Using general education requirements to teach basic teamwork and leadership skills
  • Making teamwork-intensive courses work: logistics that promote teams, not just groups
  • Introducing students to the basics of problem-solving and team-building
  • Integrating cross-disciplinary problem-solving into courses

Get more information and register. Institution teams are encouraged to apply. Deadline to register is Tuesday, July 28.

John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics