• Alan R. White
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate STEM Education, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Details

  • On These Tuesdays:
  • March 4
    March 18
    April 1
    April 15
    April 29
    May 27
    June 10
    June 24
    July 8
    July 22
    August 5
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Teaching Excellence.


FLIP: Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.

You Are Invited To:
Bring a bag lunch. Coffee, beverages and snacks will be provided.
Read and discuss articles, books and publications.
Present and discuss a potential practice, classroom activity or instructional approach.
Report on the success (or failure) of classroom activities you’ve experimented with in the past.
Receive reviews and suggestions for improvement.
Learn new classroom technology.
Hear and give reports from conferences or workshops.
Practice a conference presentation, and receive comments and suggestions.
Develop, organize and prepare proposals for external funding.

Other Resources:
We encourage attendance in-person, but audio and video conference streaming and recording using Adobe Connect allows FLIP members to attend in either synchronous or asynchronous mode, and to review the meeting later on video.
We are compiling resources, references, websites and an annotated bibliography.
We plan to construct a website repository for the resources we collect.

Topics of Interest:
Large lecture format courses.
PBL and case studies.
10 or 15 things you can try in class right now.
The “flipped” classroom. What is it and how does it work?
The science behind how people learn.
Metacognition and its use in classrooms.
Backward Design of courses, course sequences and whole curricula.
Biology “Bootcamp” and other bridge programs.
Threshold concepts.

If you are interested in participating in FLIP or would like to be on the email list for further information, please send a message to:
Alan White arwhite@mailbox.sc.edu

About the Facilitator

Alan R. White is Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean for Undergraduate STEM Education for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Previously, he served as Dean of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC (2005-2013), and as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND (2000-2005), where he also was Chair of the Department of Botany (1997-2000). Dr. White is a plant cell biologist, with a BS in Biology and a PhD in Botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held faculty positions at Marshall University, North Dakota State University, East Carolina University and the University of South Carolina. In addition to his research on plant cell wall structure and synthesis, he has been a key contributor in the development and testing of the Virtual Cell, a virtual environment for learning cell biology (http://vcell.ndsu.edu/animations), and he has been active in a variety of funded projects to improve science education practices.