University of Iowa

Faculty Institute on Teaching Content Through Inquiry

Deans, Directors and Departmental Executive Officers
Jean Florman, Director, Center for Teaching, Office of the Provost
Thursday, October 9, 2013
Faculty Institute on Teaching Content Through Inquiry

As part of its ongoing effort to encourage student engagement in active learning, the Center for Teaching is offering a Faculty Institute, "Good Teaching Re-framed:  Teaching Content Through Inquiry."  This intensive professional development opportunity will provide the pedagogical principles and strategies to help faculty members develop course materials that will fully engage students in course content through cooperative, discovery-based learning.

Participants will:

  • apply backward course design principles to develop inquiry-guided learning activities
  • understand the teaching purposes of different question types
  • create models to guide novice learners
  • draft and receive feedback on inquiry-guided exercises
  • practice classroom facilitation of active learning 

Following the Institute, we will form and support Faculty Learning Communities to discuss evidence-based best practices and how those might inform participants' own teaching.

The Institute will be led by Associate Professor of Chemistry Renee Cole, and other UI faculty will provide insights about their own experiences creating and teaching inquiry-guided courses.  Any tenured, tenure-track, or clinical faculty member is encouraged to apply.

"Good Teaching Re-Framed" will take place Sunday November 24 (3:00-6:00) through Tuesday afternoon November 26.  Meals (dinner Sunday, continental breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday) and course development materials will be provided.  

To complete an application, see

For additional information, contact Jean Florman at