STEM Education Effectiveness Framework Project

Funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation

Webinars - 2013-2014 Academic Year

Webinar IV - March 13, 2014

12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: Preparing for the April Project Meeting: Case Study Roundtable and Agenda Review

Facilitators: Susan Elrod and Adriana Kezar

Webinar III - February 20, 2014
12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: The STEM Department Evaluation Rubric: A Tool for Developing a Shared Vision for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Guest: Ellen Goldey, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor and Chair of Biology, Wofford College; Vision and Change Leadership Fellow

Advocating for departmental or programmatic reform without clear, widely shared aspirations may be justifiably interpreted as change for change's sake. Therefore, identifying a strategic vision and path forward should be a shared activity. his interactive webinar will engage participants in using a new rubric designed to help STEM departments set priorities and establish a shared vision for continuous improvement of their programs. The STEM Department Evaluation rubric is not a dictum for reform, instead it is intended to stimulate honest conversation about current strengths, serve as a guidepost for setting aspirational goals, and build the grassroots leadership of all members of a department, regardless of experience level, full or part-time status, or particular area of expertise.

Due to the webinar's limited timeframe, participants are encouraged to read through the rubric in advance of the webinar. During the interactive webinar, participants will be asked to complete a confidential survey in which they: 1) rate where their department is currently situated on the scale, from Baseline to Exemplary, for each factor, 2) assign a priority rating for improving each factor, and 3) rank the level of difficulty of improving each factor. From this information, each department should have a foundation from which to build an action plan for moving forward. Participant survey responses will also provide valuable information for the assessment of the Rubric's effectiveness. Webinar participants will also learn more about the research behind the Rubric's nine topics and consider ways to use the Rubric to build departmental leadership for reform efforts.

Resources:
Webinar PowerPoint
STEM Department Evaluation Rubric
Goals for STEM Evaluation Rubric

Webinar II - October 25, 2013 

12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: Identifying & Increasing STEM Student Engagement through Learning Analytics
Guest: John Whitmer, Ed.D., Program Manager, Academic Technology & Analytics, California State University, Chancellor's Office

One challenge to STEM retention is engaging students in their courses, especially at the introductory level (Seymour & Hewitt, 1997). Academic technologies such as the Learning Management System (LMS) are often used as a mechanism to deliver innovative pedagogies that intend to increase student engagement. In this webinar we will look at research findings and current technologies that use data from the LMS to uncover engagement patterns that can provide early alerts of at-risk students, assess course design, and examine the relationship between LMS engagement and course achievement. We will also look at examples of dashboards demonstrating the effect of student participation in programs and services intended to increase retention.

Resource:
Webinar PowerPoint

Webinar I - September 13, 2013

12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: Getting Organized for the Final Year
Facilitators: Susan Elrod and Adriana Kezar

Summary Agenda
1. Announcements
2. Review Timeline for This Year
3. Final Project Expectations
(To be discussed in "final" draft at April 2014 Project Meeting)

Resource:
Webinar PowerPoint


Webinars: 2012-2013 Academic Year

Webinar V - Friday, March 8, 2013
12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: Faculty Learning Communities – A model to Promote innovation in Teaching and Learning
Guests: Gili Marbach-Ad, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center, and Ann Smith, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies—both of the University of Maryland College Park

National reports about improving undergraduate STEM education calls for creating more evidence-based, student centered learning environments. Faculty members clearly play a pivotal role in undergraduate STEM education reform. Through their enthusiasm and expertise, they shape the attitudes and aspirations of their students. However, faculty have essentially no formal preparation for their university teaching responsibilities. Also faculty members generally work in isolation and have little support for adopting or implementing teaching innovations. As faculty teams have long been a mode for supporting scientific research, Faculty Learning Communities have emerged as incubators of teaching reform. Communities inspire faculty to think deeply about student learning and they foster motivation and provide support for those seeking to adopt new teaching practices. The Host Pathogen Interaction teaching community was formed in 2004 and has consistently met for eight years. The community with 18 members from all faculty ranks will provide a model for discussion of how to establish a community that promotes faculty professional development and innovation in teaching and learning.

Resource:
Webinar PowerPoint

Webinar IV - January 18, 2013
12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific/3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: Removing the Barriers to STEM Completion: Using Research on Underrepresented Racial Minority Students to Improve Practice
Guest: Sylvia Hurtado, Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences
To review Dr. Hurtado's biography, click here.

During the webinar, Dr. Hurtado will present findings and implications from a national longitudinal study on URM (compared with other groups) students that began college in 2004 and are now in the postcollege career plans. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected at various stages of the pipeline to highlight key areas for making a difference in increasing diversity in the STEM workforce.

Resource:
Webinar PowerPoint

Webinar III - November 16, 2012
12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: Using Assessment in STEM Reform
Guest: Peggy L. Maki, Higher Education Consultant

This webinar will help campus teams better understand the principles and practice of program and institutional assessment as it relates to STEM education. Examples from our project teams as well as other STEM programs will be used to illustrate effective practices. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of Peggy Maki during the last half of the session, so please be prepared!

Resource:
Webinar PowerPoint

Webinar II - October 25, 2012
12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

Topic: Best Practices: Introductory Biology Reform at Wofford College
Guest: Ellen Goldey, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor and Chair of Biology, Wofford College; Vision and Change Leadership Fellow

Resources:
Webinar Abstract & Guest Biography
Webinar PowerPoint Available to Project Participants by Request

Webinar I - September 28, 2012
12:00PM - 1:00PM Pacific / 3:00PM - 4:00PM Eastern

During the webinar, we will review project goals and the updated timeline, discuss the theory and application of the draft STEM Education Effectiveness Framework and walk through the Framework using priorities and actions from a participating campus.

Resource:
Webinar PowerPoint