How iCons is Taught

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A new way of teaching to prepare students for 21st century scientific careers

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The iCons faculty is as interdisciplinary as its student body. Our instructors have come from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Kinesiology, Physics, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and more.

iCons is pioneering in terms of both pedagogy and curriculum; the Program aims to change how undergraduate science is taught, not just what is taught. To this end, iCons teaching avoids the classic "sage on the stage" approach in favor of a "guide on the side" style of classroom management. This means that iCons instructors facilitate discussions, provide feedback, and guide the learning process, but rarely are seen lecturing.

Photo of Steve Petsch with studentsPhoto of Scott Auerbach teaching