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California #STEM Learning Network

California #STEM Learning Network | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) is a non-profit organization working to catalyze innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the State of California.

Via Gordon Dahlby
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Collaborative organization working on K-14 STEM education issues - of importance to instructors in college introductory courses and administrators working to smooth articulation pathways between HS/Community Colleges to four-year universities.

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I'm curating this content to augment the proposal-writing resources at the CSUPERB website (www.calstate.edu/csuperb). The aim is to collect important reports, publications and resources about evidence-based practices that lead to STEM student success. The focus is on higher education, particularly for biotechnology-related disciplines. There is also a hefty dose of workforce development and job market references and reports included.
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A Bechdel Test for Higher-Ed “Disruption”

A Bechdel Test for Higher-Ed “Disruption” | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
Higher education faces many challenges—inequality, rising tuition, corporatization—and any academic would applaud the media’s growing interest in those challenges. The problem is the nature of the coverage. The media narrative of higher-ed “disruption” considers anybody with an angel investor or a TED talk to be an expert. There are some...
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This is a laugh-out-loud article from Tressie Cottom but holds some real truths that those of us working in the CSU (for California)! know all too well.

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Assessment of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences: A Meeting Report

Assessment of Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences: A Meeting Report | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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I love this quote from Corwin, Graham & Dolan (2014; cited here on ScoopIt to): " Specifically, CUREs are thought to be distinctive because they: 1) involve students in multiple science practices, 2) provide opportunities for students to make discoveries, 3) involve students in work that has relevance outside the classroom, 4) involve students in collaborative work, and 5) provide opportunities for iteration."

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The Teaching Practices Inventory: A New Tool for Characterizing College and University Teaching in Mathematics and Science

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Science magazine editors titled this "One Scoring Rubric To Rule Them All."  Wieman and Gilbert have designed and tested "an inventory to characterize the teaching practices used in science and mathematics courses." See what you think.

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Large-scale comparison of science teaching methods sends clear message

Large-scale comparison of science teaching methods sends clear message | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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Carl Wieman reviews a large-scale, meta analysis of the  research on active learning in college and university STEM courses.  He concludes, "...although more effective teaching methods have been overwhelmingly demonstrated, most STEM courses are still taught by lectures—the pedagogical equivalent of bloodletting."  A must read for all STEM instructors and faculty.

If the firewall causes issues, here are the citations:

Wieman CE. PNAS (2014) vol. 111 no. 23,  8319–8320

doi: 10.1073/pnas.1407304111

and Freeman S, et al.

 (2014) Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:8410–8415. http://www.pnas.org/content/111/23/8410.full

 

 

 

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2014 Life Science Industry Talent Report

2014 Life Science Industry Talent Report | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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This report was crafted for "Educators and trainers who must prepare the right talent for the industry."  Of all the biotech workforce development reports I've read in the last decade - this one finally reads "right" based on my experience as a hiring manager in the industry and, now, as a higher-ed administrator.

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STEP Central Homepage

STEP Central Homepage | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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This is an NSF-funded program to serve a "community of practice" to improve undergraduate STEM education and retain talented students in STEM degree paths.  The community hosts and organizes as series of informative webinars of interest to the CSUPERB community.

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Measuring-STEM-Teaching-Practices.pdf

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This recent AAAS publication provides measures and approaches to find out if faculty are employing the most effective evidence-based teaching practices. 

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Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at University of British Columbia

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This is a link to the CWSEI's resources.  See especially the course transformation guide.

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The Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS): A New Instrument to Characterize University STEM Classroom Practices

The Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS): A New Instrument to Characterize University STEM Classroom Practices | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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Many departments are looking for means to evaluate active learning pedagogies in use.  This 2013 paper offers one method of assessment and includes student engagement measures.  

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An interdisciplinary shift in demand for talent within the biotech industry

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I am not sure the data analysis here is as robust as the similar report that followed later from Georgetown and Burning Glass (http://www.workforcedqc.org/sites/default/files/images/Georgetown%20U%20Real-time%20LMI%20Full%20Report.pdf) - but this one focuses on biotech job ads so is relevant here.  The soft skills part of the paper is based on a very limited hiring manager survey.  That said, the results echo other surveys point-for-point - graduates need to work with teams, understand budgets and milestones, and the regulatory context of biotechnology industry.

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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
American students need to improve in math and science—but not because there's a surplus of jobs in those fields.
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Michael Teitelbaum has been trying to dampen the hype around the need for STEM graduates in the US.  He finally wrote a book about it; Derek Lowe at the "In the Pipeline" blog suggests, "Next time you run across someone going on about scientist shortages, hit them over the head with it." 

 

This is a nuanced issue - unilateral calls for "more" STEM students should be met with skepticism, in my opinion. However, calls for more women in computer science, more currently underrepresented (latino/a, african american, etc.) scientists, calls for improvements in how we teach STEM on our campuses, etc. are all worth not only considering but also addressing with intension, verve and energy.

 

 

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CRUSE: 2013 Workshop White Papers

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These are the white papers submitted by Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education (CRUSE) workshop participants. The workshop report (2014) is the AAC&U Sourcebook for Advancing and Funding Undergraduate STEM Education (scooped here elsewhere)

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2008 CUR Quarterly Review of Literature on Impacts of Undergraduate Research

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A nice compilation of the the literature on undergraduate research with "takeaways" - a lot like a pre-Scoop.it!

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AIR_UndergResearch_HIPS_Sunny_vFinal.pdf

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Tremendous work from CSU Fullerton that uses "

Propensity Score Matching to reduce self-selection bias" in a study of undergraduate research experiences' effects on student outcomes. 

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es1.full.pdf

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Course-based Undergraduate Research (CURE) offers students opportunities to think like and be scientists and engineers earlier in their academic career. This paper reviews effectiveness of "CURE" interventions on student success.

 

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E-PKALSourcebook.pdf

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This is a new report out from Linda Slakey's Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education.  It features a few CSU projects in the examples, including the Keck-funded Effective STEM Education Framework project on which CSUPERB worked. A good read with updated citations  for STEM leaders; a must-read for NSF grant proposal writers!

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Higher Education's Six Sigma

Higher Education's Six Sigma | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
The Gallup-Purdue Index -- a recent study of 30,000 college graduates -- has found six critical ingredients of the college experience that have a profound link to life well-being and engagement at work.
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The Gallup-Purdue Index tracks college student outcomes and points to mentorship and experiential & deep experiences as critical to an engaging student experience and post-graduation fulfillment.  CSUPERB is not surprised in the least.

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The High-Impact Practices

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This is the companion chart to George Kuh's report, High-Impact Educational Practices: What they are , who has access to them, and why they matter" (AAC&U, 2008). Full report here: 

http://www.neasc.org/downloads/aacu_high_impact_2008_final.pdf

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Increasing Persistence of College Students in STEM

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This  Science magazine Education Forum article by  Graham MJ, Frederick J, Byars-Winston A, Hunter A-B & Handelsman J (2013) proposes an emphasis on persistence, not retention.  An important jedi-mind trick if you're interested in student success!  If you can't get past the firewall, the complete citation is: Graham MJ et al (2013) Science 341: 1455-1456.

10.1126/science.1240487

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A test that fails : Naturejobs

A test that fails : Naturejobs | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
A standard test for admission to graduate school misses potential winners, say Casey Miller and Keivan Stassun.
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A study showing only a very weak correlation between GRE scores and ultimate success or performance in STEM fields.  The GRE may be yet another barrier to underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.  From the article, " According to data from Educational Testing Service (ETS), based in Princeton, New Jersey, the company that administers the GRE, women score 80 points lower on average in the physical sciences than do men, and African Americans score 200 points below white people. In simple terms, the GRE is a better indicator of sex and skin colour than of ability and ultimate success."

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Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics

Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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This is the metadata analysis we've been waiting for - evidence that active learning pedagogies matter across STEM discplines.  Carl Weiman writes the accompanying commentary, including this stark quote: " However, in undergraduate STEM education, we have the curious situation that, although more effective teaching methods have been overwhelmingly demonstrated, most STEM courses are still taught by lectures—the pedagogical equivalent of bloodletting." So - there you go.

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CUR Quarterly - a journal for undergraduate research mentors

CUR Quarterly - a journal for undergraduate research mentors | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
"Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly [CUR Quarterly]... provides useful and inspiring information about student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship from all types of institutions."
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The CUR Quarterly is a good resource for research mentors in the classroom, lab or field.  The journal is focused on undergraduate learning and success, but applies to mentorship at other levels as well.

 

Free articles available at the CUR Quarterly website: http://www.cur.org/publications/curquarterly/

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Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws

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This is an extraordinarily brave and honest - and hopefully influential - assessment of the current US biomedical research enterprise.  It's included on this Scoop.it list because the authors suggest including more "professional science" concepts in biomedical training and education (project management, etc.).

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Integrating Cognitive Science and Technology Improves Learning in a STEM Classroom - Online First - Springer

Integrating Cognitive Science and Technology Improves Learning in a STEM Classroom - Online First - Springer | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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Interesting paper with gory details about how to incorporate cognitive science into STEM classroom instruction. 

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It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success: Overview and Key Findings

It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success: Overview and Key Findings | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
A National Survey of Business and Non Profit Leaders
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A 2013 AAC&U Report. More input from employers regarding desired competencies, skills and abilities needed from (STEM) graduates.

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