27 Oct

The Evidence Base for Active Learning Webinar

27 Oct 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join Jo Handelsman, Director of Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at University of Wisconsin-Madison, for a free webinar as part of Active Learning Week. She will discuss the evidence base for using active learning techniques and the power of research courses for learning and building students' identities as scientists.

During Active Learning Week, Oct. 23–27, we encourage all STEM educators, at all grade levels, to spend at least 10 minutes implementing an active learning strategy in their classrooms. An active learning technique can be as simple as using small group discussions for problem-solving, asking students to write down a question they have following a lesson, or allowing time for self-assessment and reflection by the students.

Active Learning Week will also provide an opportunity to engage in conversations about using active-learning strategies in classrooms.


Dr. Jo Handelsman is the Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Vilas Research Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. In her previous role, she was appointed by former President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she served for three years until January 2017. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular Biology and has since authored more than 100 papers, 30 editorials, and 3 books. She is responsible for groundbreaking studies in microbial communication and work in the field of metagenomics. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Obama in 2011, and, in 2012, Nature named her one of "ten people who mattered this year" for her research on gender bias in science.