Innovations in Teaching & Learning: CASBBI NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

September 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please join CASBBI for a discussion of its NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program at Mason’s virtual Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference showcase session on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Panel Abstract

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Showcase is designed for faculty engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning to share their results and discuss SoTL methodologies as well as for faculty interested in learning about evidence-based practices and SoTL work at Mason. The session is organized as a series of lightning talks followed by opportunity for conversation with presenters. This year’s session is facilitated by Kelly Schrum, Ph.D.

CASBBI Panelist

CASBBI Director and NRT PI Siddhartha Sikdar. The Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain-Body Interactions (CASBBI) is the home for Mason’s first NSF-funded National Research Traineeship (NRT) program. The NRT is NSF’s flagship program for innovations in transdisciplinary graduate education. This 1-year traineeship program at Mason is designed to cross-train graduate students from across the university using a community-engaged design thinking model. The first cohort of 11 trainees started in summer 2020, and the second cohort of 14 trainees started in summer 2021. Cohorts are comprised of graduate students from diverse disciplines, including basic science, engineering, humanities, health and computing. The students work in interdisciplinary teams on a year-long design project with the close collaboration of community stakeholders. Trainees are tackling the opioid use epidemic, mental and behavioral health disorders, and Parkinson’s disease among other projects. The learning outcomes of the traineeship are knowledge integration, procedural learning, transfer learning, communication skills, and team science.

Learn more about the panel here. Register for the conference here.

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