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12 Technologies To Dominate STEM Education

12 Technologies To Dominate STEM Education | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it

The use of big data, instruction through mobile devices, online learning (including MOOCs), and virtual and remote laboratories that emulate real ones are the technologies that will have the greatest impact on "STEM+" education over the next year.

 

These are the findings of a group of global experts who weighed in on emerging technologies that will most influence education over the next five years. STEM+ covers the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) as well as additional skills for applying knowledge of those subjects in the real world.

 

A report compiled by a consortium of organizations identified 12 technologies that will dominate conversations in education through 2018, as well as the top trends and challenges that will affect these shifts as they unfold.


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Report co-sponsored by IEEE focuses the academic technology debates on STEM curriculum - and emphasizes (rightly in my opinion) the use of publicly available "big data" sets for course-embedded research.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 26, 2013 5:20 AM

This is an interesting report and perspective on future STEM-based learning trends.

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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 for evidence-based instructional practices in STEM 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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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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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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Online Learning via JOLT

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The CSU Office of the Chancellor's MERLOT project is continuing to publish JOLT - the Journal of Online Teaching.  A subset of papers in each issue focus on STEM Education so it's a good resource for instructors aiming to flip classrooms and provide out-of-classroom learning materials online.

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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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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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Issues In Science And Technology, Summer 2013, What Shortages? The Real Evidence About the STEM Workforce

Issues In Science And Technology, Summer 2013, What Shortages? The Real Evidence About the STEM Workforce | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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Hal Salzmann (Rutgers) tilts at the prevailing opinions that there is a shortage of STEM workers in the US.  See also the interview/podcast hosted by AAAS here: http://news.sciencemag.org/education/2014/01/live-chat-making-or-breaking-science-major

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TRANSFORMING STEM EDUCATION - AAC&U Conference Materials (October 2013)

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION COMMITTED TO MAKING THE AIMS OF LIBERAL LEARNING A VIGOROUS AND CONSTANT INFLUENCE ON EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE AND INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING.
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In October 2013 the AAC&U's PKAL division hosted and organized a very well attended conference in San Diego on "Transforming STEM Education."  This link provides access to presentation materials and resources from the meeting, including podcasts of the plenary talks.  Based on a survey of CSU faculty who attended the meeting, we especially recommend Saundra Yancy McGuire's talk on metacognition.  Among the materials here, find presentations from CSU faculty from CSU San Marcos (Kantardjieff) and Humboldt State (Nuhfer). 

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Project Based Learning vs. Problem Based Learning

Project Based Learning vs. Problem Based Learning | Effective STEM Education                                      (Mostly HigherEd & Biotechnology-relevant) | Scoop.it
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It's hard keeping up with higher education and learning jargon!  The bloggers over at the "Experts & Newbies" website help us all out with some analysis.  Importantly, they also provide some historical context to prove these teaching practices aren't just fads!

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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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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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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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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.

 

 

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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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STEM Attrition (2014 DoEd report)

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This is an important piece of data analysis.  We've known for a few years that only ~30% of CSU students interested in majoring in a STEM discipline actually graduate (in 6 years) with a STEM major. Worse, only 17% of underrepresented students (URM) graduate with STEM degrees in 6 years. "Recapturing" the 2000 URM who didn’t graduate in STEM each year is a focus for the CSU.  But - how many can we realistically expect to retain?  What is it about STEM curriculum that is so daunting?  This report makes fair comparisons between students in STEM fields and non-STEM disciplines and shows that all of them see ~50% switching between majors.  See also Science magazine's analysis here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6167/125.full

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We Must Change the Culture of Science and Teaching: Freeman Hrabowski at TEDxMidAtlantic

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on ...
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Feeling in need of inspiration? Need some perspective on why undergraduate STEM education needs reform? Spend 15 minutes listening to President Hrabowski's 2012 STEMx talk once a term or so!

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