For a list of teaching resources

to help you move your classes online,

by visiting our Online Teaching Resource Library!

Come explore evidence-based models of instruction for the undergraduate classroom.

An introductory undergraduate class may be the only exposure many students have to the sciences. It can be the best opportunity to interest students in scientific research and careers. How will you teach?

Call for NIST Summer 2021:

Solve My Problem


In Summer 2021, the National Institute on Scientific Teaching will host a self-directed and collaborative Solve My Problem event.  Our goal is to support the community in addressing common challenges concerning inclusivity, active learning, and assessment that span our disciplines and institutions.


For this event, we invite the NIST community to submit your problems that you would like to work on this summer with a small group. An opening workshop will be held on June 22. Small groups will meet regularly online with a facilitator over the course of 4 weeks to focus on specific problems and develop strategies that participants can use in their courses. Solve My Problem will conclude on July 20 with a wrap-up workshop sharing strategies that have emerged.


You do not need to submit a problem in order to participate. Submissions will be curated to create summer sessions based on community interest. 


Click here to indicate your interest and submit your problem! Three examples of possible teaching challenges are provided to illustrate the format for submission and spark your creativity. 



  • Submission Deadline: April 20

  • Registration will be available: May-June 

  • Opening Workshop: June 22, 9am HI/ 11am AK/ 12pm P/ 1pm M / 2pm C / 3pm E (expected length: 90 minutes)

  • Closing Workshop: July 20, 9am HI/ 11am AK/ 12pm P/ 1pm M / 2pm C / 3pm E (expected length: 90 minutes)


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Sign Up For Our Scientific Teaching Short Course!

Professional Development Support for Your Teaching

Following an unprecedented semester where many educators adopted emergency online teaching methods, we now face a fall term where educators are seeking support to create more effective learning opportunities and inclusive environments for students. Macmillan Learning and the Summer Institutes for Scientific Teaching have partnered to create a modular training program for all educators that will provide training and support for all educators, whether you will be teaching online, in person, or a hybrid of both.

Scientific Teaching Short Course

The Scientific Teaching Short Course is a 6-week workshop led by educators and expert facilitators who will provide comprehensive training in the fundamentals of designing student-centered, remote courses that address human needs in our current teaching and learning environment.

Offered three times through fall, this 6-week series will provide participants in the learning community with instructional strategies, networking opportunities, and peer group support.

Each week, educators will participate in a two-hour workshops on key teaching topics, including:

  • Building Community in Online and Remote Courses

  • Fostering Student Engagement and Interaction in the Remote Environment

  • Beyond Techniques: A Phenomenological Approach to Inclusive Teaching

  • Choosing and Using Effective Online Formative Assessments

  • Learning Theories: Applications in Remote Classrooms

  • Constructing Lab and Fieldwork Lessons for Remote Classes

Sign up now!

Join Our Next Scientific Teaching In Practice (STiP) Webinar!


The Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series extends the learning and dialogue that occurs at the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching into a year-round community that supports and inspires evidence-based teaching. Each month, the SI community is invited to attend an interactive webinar related to the practice and dissemination of scientific teaching.  Webinars are open to SI alums as well as those generally interested in evidence-based teaching.


Registration invitations are sent via our monthly newsletter. To sign up click here.

Join Our Next SI Happy Hour!


Drop in to relax for a few minutes on Zoom each Friday, (4-5 PM EDT) to share challenges and successes around the rapid transition to remote teaching and learning. Come ready to chat with others who may be having common experiences at their home institutions.  Visit this sign up sheet if you are interested in being a host!


Registration invitations are sent via our monthly newsletter. To sign up click here.

NIST Happy Hour Upcoming Events


Mar 19: Lisa McDonnell "Pooling Results from At-Home Student Lab Work for Data Set Analyses"

Mar 26: Bill Davis "Cultivating Improvements in Faculty and Student Mindsets"
Apr 2: Carrie Menke Title coming!
Apr 9: Aimee Pugh-Bernard & Kristy Kenyon "Transforming the Science Classroom with the CREATE Strategy"
Apr 16: Keith Sheppard "Giving up the power"
Apr 23: Jessamina Blum "Asynchronous Online Group Discussions - Yes you can!"
Apr 30: Jack Snoeyink "Reluctant participants: How do you hook your students?"
May 7: Devavani Chatterjea "How to support students in times of local/global distress"
May 14: Frank Castelli and Mark Sarvary "Is anybody there? An equitable and inclusive plan to encourage classroom camera use."

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