This page focuses on the course 5.95J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering as it was taught by Dr. Janet Rankin in Fall 2012.
This course is a participatory seminar focused on the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching science and engineering in higher education. This course is designed for graduate students interested in an academic career and anyone else interested in teaching. This course is pass/no record.
A subset of this course is covered in the Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program.
Careers in academe that require college-level teaching.
Below, Dr. Rankin highlights some aspects of teaching this course.
Every fall semester
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5.95 is taught in a typical classroom with rows of seats and sliding chalk boards.
Fewer than 10 students took this course in Fall 2012. Enrollment varies from 4-20. About 175 students typically enroll annually in associated certificate programs, which cover a subset of the course material and are not for credit.
Virtually all students in this course are graduate students, with some post-docs, visiting faculty, and advanced undergraduates sometimes enrolling.
Students in this course come from a range of departments, including Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, and others.
Students in this course are typically hoping to enter academe and want to learn more about teaching.
The ideal class size for this course is 15-20 students. This is a good number to build a cohort – large enough to enable small group discussions with a variety of perspectives. Grading of weekly written assignments would be more difficult with more students.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 4 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows: