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TIC is now the Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching Innovation Center is now the Teaching and Leaning Center . Though our name has changed, we are still here to support our instructors. We work with faculty to design student-centered learning through inclusive pedagogy, evidence-based practices, data-driven decisions and digital innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion through who we are, what we value and what we do. We provide a wide range of events, services and consultations to help cultivate a cycle of dialogue, reflection, and transformative learning-experience redesign across ASU and the School of Life Sciences. The Teaching and Leaning Center offers professional development, instructional coaching, and course design support for the School of Life Sciences. We are located in the basement level of the LSC building (L1-54) on the ASU Tempe campus. For more information please visit our website .
Recent posts

Should PreMedical Students Discuss Their Mental Health Conditions on Their Medical School Applications?

Mental health disorders are becoming increasingly common among undergraduate students, and premedical students may be especially vulnerable to those conditions because of the high levels of competition and stress they experience in their college programs. At least a quarter of premedical students experience mental health conditions that may be relevant to discuss when they are applying for medical school. However, there has been little research on whether revealing those mental health conditions on their medical school applications impacts students’ chances of being accepted. Thus, a recent study set out to understand how medical school admissions committee members view applicants who reveal a mental health condition. Here are some of the primary findings: Admissions committee members did not have a bias against applicants who revealed a mental health condition. The study found that admissions committee members viewed applicants who revealed a mental health condition as equally accep

TIC Welcomes You! New Graduate Student Orientation Review 2022

The Teaching Innovation Center (TIC) supports instructional design and inclusive pedagogy through using evidence-based practices and the latest research. It also centers on providing resources and support to those already established and in training (e.g., graduate students in the School of Life Sciences or SoLS). TIC recently supported that goal by welcoming 74 incoming graduate students (both master’s and doctoral students) to SoLS early in August for a new student orientation. Most of those students are incoming teaching assistants (TAs) for online and in person undergraduate courses. Those incoming students are the next generation of researchers, instructors, etc. who will shape teaching, learning, and mentorship. The in-person orientation held in Hayden Library was an opportunity for students to network and engage in professional development as new and incoming TAs. For some, it was reported that it would be their first time being a TA, thus this experience was beneficial and pro

If You Are an LGBTQ+ Instructor, Should You Tell Your Students?

Academic science can be an unwelcoming place for LGBTQ+ individuals, and fewer LGBTQ+ undergraduates persist in STEM than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts . In addition to being underrepresented in STEM, an LGBTQ+ identity is a concealable stigmatized identity , meaning that individuals who hold this identity often have to “come out” in order for others to know that they are part of this community. Because revealing can have a negative impact on one’s career, LGBTQ+ instructors in STEM may hesitate to reveal their identity to students . Past research has shown that students report feeling more positive toward professors who share the same identity as them. Specifically, women and persons excluded because of their ethnicity or race (PEERs) had greater self-efficacy, greater persistence in their major, and a greater sense of belonging when they had instructors that shared their gender or race/ethnicity. The chance for a student to find instructors with similar identities is less commo

How Can We Maximize Student Comfort When Teaching Controversial Topics in Bioethics?

The national report Vision and Change was a blueprint for what should be taught to undergraduate biology students. It outlined a set of core concepts and core competencies that undergraduate biology students should possess by the time they graduate. One of the core competencies is understanding the relationship between science and society and bioethics courses are often used to help teach students this competency. Often, bioethics courses include controversial topics and ethical dilemmas that surround the science, which can be both engaging for students but also can be challenging if they hold minority views about the topic. Despite calls to incorporate bioethics into the undergraduate curriculum, no studies have examined undergraduate student experiences and comfort in bioethics courses based on their identities that may be relevant to these discussions. However, a recent study has tackled this issue by exploring student experiences learning about three controversial topics in bio