The first TRESTLE Annual Meeting and Course Transformation Institute was held October 20-22, 2016 at the University of Colorado Boulder. This event, co-hosted with the CU Center for STEM Learning, brought together 45 individuals from the US and Canada to share progress and to further the work of the NSF-Funded TRESTLE project. This project promotes evidence-based teaching practices, intended to improve STEM education methods at research institutions.
As part of this model, faculty leaders and postdoctoral scholars collaborate with other instructors in their departments to incorporate effective teaching methods into courses. The TRESTLE project is building intellectual communities within and across institutions to share in these efforts. The annual meeting was an opportunity for representatives from each of the institutions to share course design ideas, methods for assessing student learning gains, and innovative teaching approaches.