UC Irvine

2016 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual Meeting

Integrating Teaching, Assessment, and Education Research to Enhance Student Learning in STEM

February 27, 2016
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

The University of California, Irvine is proud to host the 2016 Southern California PKAL Regional Network Annual meeting.  Over the past decade, STEM education reports (e. g. "Engage to Excel", "Vision and Change", and "Reaching Students: What Research Says about Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering") have highlighted the importance of evidence-based teaching practices.  This trend is further manifested in the increased emphasis by funding agencies, professional societies, and our own institutions on using assessment to improve teaching and learning.

While members of the SoCal PKAL network are strong proponents of increasing the quality of education, there is little formalized preparation for transferring our STEM research training into skills required to conduct assessment and education research in relation to our instructional practices.  This meeting has been designed for both novice and established education researchers who are interested in learning more about experimental design, assessment development, and statistical analysis of data, among other workshop topics conducted by experts in the field.  Additionally, we are fortunate to be able to welcome Dr. Mark Warschauer (Professor of Education and Informatics and Dean of the School of Education at UC Irvine), who will present a keynote address.  There will also be dedicated time for discussions and networking, including a poster session, where attendees can present their in-progress work.

Overall, this meeting aims to improve our teaching practices not only through existing literature but also by collecting and analyzing student outcome data within our individual institutional contexts.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference organizers (Dr. Brian Sato – bsato@uci.edu, Dr. Justin Shaffer - jshaffe@uci.edu, Dr. Stanley Lo - smlo@ucsd.edu).  Registration is limited as are spaces in each workshop, so we encourage those interested to register as soon as possible.  We hope to see you in February!

A preliminary conference schedule can be found here

Event registration is online. General registration is $50 per person; A reduced registration fee for postdocs and grad students is $25. Registration includes lunch and materials. The registration deadline is February 22, 2016. The online registration process includes concurrent session sign-up. To review session descriptions, click here. Registration for the poster session follows below. 

Poster Session 
Posters are intended to provide visual models of campus specific approaches to undergraduate STEM reform. They might feature the latest research findings or promising approaches for advanced pedagogy; high-impact practice; STEM faculty professional development; assessment and evaluation; and/or strategy for change. Posters that include evidence of success and highlight/provide resources for participants will be given priority.

The conference poster session will be 60 minutes in duration with posters dipslayed on standing poster boards. The space available for each poster is 4 feet in height by 4 feet in width. Double-sided tape will be provided to hang posters.

To register a poster, click here. Registration deadline is February 22.

Event Location and Campus Parking
Meeting registration, breakfast and networking will take place from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM)/Herklotz Conference Center (506/512 on campus map). 

The closest parking lots are 7. The closest machine to lot 7 is by building 59 (Mesa Office Building). One day permits cost $10. 

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