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SCALE-UP Site

SCALE-UP Site | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it

The purpose of this website is to share designs for state-of-the-art learning studios, teaching methods, and instructional materials that are based
on more than a decade of discipline-based education research.


Via Daniel Tan, Peter Mellow
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In 2012 Jill Sible (Associate Dean for Curriculum, Instruction and Advising, Professor of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech) gave a talk at the CSUPERB symposium about SCALE-UP classrooms.  Here is a site that shares designs for engaged, active and team-based learning.

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designs for state-of-the-art learning studios, teaching methods, and instructional materials that are based on more than a decade of discipline-based education research

Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant)
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 Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
Stanford physicist Carl Wieman is on a quest to bury the big lecture in favor of evidence-based techniques. But it's not clear higher education is listening.
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NPR checks in with Carl Wieman - a leading proponent of active teaching and learning (and vehemently anti-lecture!).
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REVISITING THE STE WORKFORC A Companion to Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

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Much of the text in the "Promising Practices for Strengthening Regional STEM Workforce.." (see scooped article here on this page), is drawn from this National Science Board Report from Feb. 2014

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Increasing Persistence in Undergraduate Science Majors: A Model for Institutional Support of Underrepresented Students

Increasing Persistence in Undergraduate Science Majors: A Model for Institutional Support of Underrepresented Students | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it

Increasing Persistence in Undergraduate Science Majors: A Model for Institutional Support of Underrepresented Students Brit Toven-Lindsey*, Marc Levis-Fitzgerald*, Paul H.

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Broadening students' minds : Nature Nanotechnology : Nature Publishing Group

Philip S. Lukeman and Stefan Howorka provide a training programme to improve the interdisciplinary breadth and depth of a nanoscience research group.
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Important educational work to figure out how to best teach students to think and work in interdisciplinary settings.  Test bed here is nanotechnology - but equally applicable to biotechnology groups!

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Movement to Transform Undergraduate Biology Education Gains Traction Across U.S. Campuses | AAAS - The World's Largest General Scientific Society

Scott Freeman teaches Introductory Biology at the University of Washington | Photography by Filiz Efe McKinney, University of Washington
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Look carefully and you might find familiar faces in the photos here - CSUPERB is featured!

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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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CATALYZING CHANGE
IN STEM TEACHING:
Lessons from the Helmsley Charitable
Trust’s Postsecondary Strategy

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An early assessment report on CSU STEM Collaboratives and other Helmsley Trust investments in higher education.  Features the new terms, ""policy entrepreneurs" and "network weavers"!
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Promising Practices for Strengthening the Regional STEM Workforce Development Ecosystem

Promising Practices for Strengthening the Regional STEM Workforce Development Ecosystem | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it

To download a free PDF of Promising Practices for Strengthening the Regional STEM Workforce Development Ecosystem, please log in with your existing MyNAP account, create a free MyNAP account, or download [...]...

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Long read - but worthwhile - I think they got it mostly right here!

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Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education | NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education | NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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This is an important blog post from NIGMS (November 2015). In it the NIH emphasizes the need for many things articulated in the Vision & Change reports, as well as career planning, mentoring and instruction about scientific reproducibility.   Will this signal real changes at the graduate level? I sure hope so!

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Vision & Change (2015): Chronicling Change, Inspiring the Future

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Check out pages 8-9!

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3 New Ideas To Help Universities Attract And Empower STEM Students | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

3 New Ideas To Help Universities Attract And Empower STEM Students | Co.Exist | ideas + impact | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
To empower the kind of graduates we need, colleges need to drastically rethink the shape of their learning environments.
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A review of facilities trends that reflect changes in STEM pedagogy.

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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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