Creating an Engaged and Investigative Learning Environment - Even Online!

Description: How can faculty create learning environments in our classes that fully engage students in investigative learning to develop knowledge and help them acquire the skills of our disciplines, whether the class is conducted in-person or online? In this faculty development workshop conducted online via Zoom, Professor Eugenia Etkina, Distinguished Professor of Science Education at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, will demonstrate the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE), which uses student engagement with real-world phenomena to teach physics and has been shown to promote student success. To demonstrate how the basic approach of ISLE can be applied to any discipline, Lehman faculty members Julie E. Maybee and José Muñiz will show how they have adapted the techniques of ISLE to create an investigative learning environment to teach philosophy. 

Workshop Information

  • Workshop Date(s): January 28, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Audience: All faculty members are welcome to come and learn how to adapt this teaching and learning approach to their own classes!
  • Workshop Modality: Online Synchronous
  • Workshop Link: Zoom - Enter Meeting
  • Workshop Recording: View the recorded workshop

Facilitator Information

Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University

Bio: Eugina Etkins is a Distinguished Professor of Science Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University Of New Jersey. With over 35 years of experience teaching physics from middle school to university levels, she is a recipient of the 2014 Millikan Medal, awarded to educators who have made significant contributions to teaching physics by the American Association of Physics Teachers. In 1988, while teaching in Russia, she created a system in which students learn physics using processes that mirror scientific practice, leading to the development of the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) a unique approach that serves as the basis for the textbook “College Physics: Explore and Apply” by Etkina, Planinsic and Van Heuvelen. Professor Etkina designed and leads one of the largest university-based physics teacher preparation programs in the United States, and since 2000, she has led over 150 workshops on every continent. She is an active researcher who has published over a 100 peer-refereed articles and has given over 200 invited presentations.

Julie E. Maybee, Lehman College

Bio: Julie E. Maybee is the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and the director of the Disability Studies Minor. She also teaches Disability Studies in the Masters’ Program at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies. She is the author of Picturing Hegel: An Illustrated Guide to Hegel’s ‘Encyclopaedia Logic’ (2009, Lexington Books) and Making and Unmaking Disability: The Three-Body Approach (2019, Rowman and Littlefield.

José Muñiz, Lehman College