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CPET Event Calendar

This calendar displays open events that are relevant to the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching (CPET) and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach (CTLO) at Caltech.

Additional information, such as the location and description of an event, can be viewed by clicking on the event. 

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CPET has organized many events over the years.  The most recent events are listed here. There are also links above to events in previous years of the seminar series.

Recent Events:

2016-2017 CPET Seminars and Workshops will be posted here after they have passed! Please check our main page for upcoming events!

Your Top 10 Teaching Headaches and How to Turn them into Learning Opportunities

Professor Amy Vollmer (Swarthmore) 
Monday, January 30, 3:00pm, Crellin 151

Dr. Amy Vollmer is a Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, where she was recently Chair of the Department of Biology. Professor Vollmer studies prokaryotes in her research group, and she committed to increasing awareness about the contributions of bacteria and archaea to the history of the earth and their impact on humans. In the classroom and the laboratory, she engages students in active learning activities and turns teaching difficulties into learning opportunities to address the needs of her students. Please join us for an informal Discussion and Q&A with Professor Vollmer. Coffee and refreshments will be provided!


Education 2.0: Play to Learn

Grant Hosford and Joe Shochet (Co-Founders of codeSpark)
Tuesday, November 29, 11:00 am, Noyes 153

In this CPET seminar, codeSpark co-founders Grant Hosford and Joe Shochet will introduce us to the world of learning gamificationcodeSpark's first game, The Foos, teaches young children about computer science concepts by allowing them to program characters in a virtual world. The game is self-directed and the interface is 100% visual so anyone, anywhere can play. Thus far, over 4.5 million kids in 201 countries have played The Foos! Most recently, The Foos won the American Association of School Librarians' 2016 Best App for Learning and Teaching. 

Mr. Hosford and Mr. Schochet founded codeSpark in 2014 because they believe all kids are natural builders, and programming is one of the most rewarding and powerful ways to build. Their goal is to teach all kids programming everywhere by igniting interest in computer science and turning programming into play. The codeSpark team is based here in Pasadena at IdeaLab, and their work has already been featured in The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, and The Washington Post


Making molecular biology come to life

Professor Ellen Rothenberg, 2016 Feynman Prize Winner
Monday, November 7, 2016, 12:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium

Ellen Rothenberg, the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology, is the 2016 recipient of the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This prize honors "a professor who demonstrates, in the broadest sense, an unusual ability, creativity, and innovation in undergraduate and graduate classroom or laboratory teaching." At Caltech, Professor Rothenberg has taught and developed both upper and lower division courses on immunology, hematopoiesis, cell biology, and molecular biology. She has taken an active role in improving biology teaching by redeveloping two introductory courses, Cell Biology (Bi9) and Molecular Biology (Bi8). Her improvements have pushed students to a better understanding of the molecular world by emphasizing the connectivity between topics within the field of biology, showing it is not just a "memorization game" (as one of her nominating students put it), but in fact a logical system that can be deeply understood and explored. Professor Rothenberg has also skillfully introduced complex concepts and biological techniques that enabled her students to answer challenging biological questions using the tools and knowledge they had acquired during the course. Please join us for a special teaching seminar, "Making molecular biology come to life" in which Professor Rothenberg will speak about her experiences teaching molecular biology here at Caltech




Several CPET and CTLO seminars have been recorded and are available in the Seminar Videos tab.