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CPET Discussion Group

The CPET Discussion Group is a group of graduate students and postdocs interested in educational practices and pedagogy. We meet once a term to discuss interesting and emerging topics in the field of higher education with the aim of developing our teaching knowledge and skills for our future positions as educators in academia, industry, and beyond. CPET Journal club is open to all Caltech graduate students and postdocs who are interested!



The theme for the 2017-2018 academic year is Failure. Please attend any or all sessions to talk about the culture of failure on university campuses and in science and how you can approach teaching students how to fail in the classroom. Relavent articles and reviews will be emailed to the CPET mailing list the week before the discussion group meeting.

Failure on College Campuses
November 20, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Gates Annex

Failure in the Science Community
February 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., 212 North Mudd

Teaching Failure in the Classroom
Spring 2018, TBD




Winter 2017's theme was Active Learning.

Active Learning (Pt 1) 
February 9th, 3-4pm, CTLO ((3rd floor Center for Student Services (CSS))

Active Learning (Pt 2) 
March 9th, 3-4pm, CTLO ((3rd floor Center for Student Services (CSS))


Fall 2016’s theme was Teaching with Technology.

Flipped Classrooms
October 6th, 3-4pm, CTLO (3rd floor Center for Student Services (CSS))

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
November 3rd, 3-4pm, CTLO (3rd floor CSS)

Emerging Educational Technologies
December 1st, 3-4pm, CTLO (3rd floor CSS)