Agenda: 2012 North Carolina PKAL Regional Network Meeting

9:00 – 10:00 am

Registration and Coffee (Moseley Center, Elon University)

10:00 – 10:15 am

Opening Remarks (McKinnon, Moseley Center)
Provost Steven House and Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Dean of Elon College

10:15 – 10:45 am

Keynote: PKAL and the Changing Face of Science
Lee W. Willard, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Duke University

Project Kaleidoscope answered the clarion call – some twenty years ago – to strengthen undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Over the past two decades, PKAL has spearheaded national education reform, building on a thriving community of science students and faculty in the context of “what works":

  • Learning that is experiential, investigative, hands-on, and steeped in investigation from the very first courses for all students through capstone courses
  • Learning that is personally meaningful to students and faculty, that makes connections to other fields of inquiry, that is embedded in the context of its own history and rationale, and that suggests practical applications related to the experience of students
  • Learning that takes place in a community where faculty are committed equally to undergraduate teaching and to their own intellectual vitality, where faculty see students as partners in learning, where students collaborate with one another and gain confidence that they can succeed, and where institutions support such communities of learners.

    What Works: Building Natural Science Communities, 1991

The remarkable thing is: PKAL got it right from the beginning. The tenets of “What Works” hold true in 2012 as well as in 1991. Moreover, the evolution of PKAL has been remarkable. The development of programs for curricular reform led to programs for faculty for the future and different kinds of facilities. Different kinds of facilities led to new kinds of interdisciplinary learning and strategic planning.  New ways of strategic planning led to a need to foster leadership and institutional change. 

Where will PKAL go from here?

This session will examine the national development of Project Kaleidoscope and provoke discussion about new ways of thinking about science as we move forward in the 21st century.

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Panel Discussion: What Works: Effective Pedagogy and Assessment

Panelists will each discuss pedagogical approaches they are using, how they know these approaches work/impact student learning and also about the advocates on campus that made it happen and what barriers existed that were overcome in implementation. The panel will be followed by roundtable discussions followed by a report-out on what works on network campuses.


Marcia F. Williams, College of Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University
Topic: How Can Pedagogy Address the Needs of the 21st Century Workforce

Robert Beichner, Professor of Physics, North Carolina State University
Topic: Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP)

Kathy Gallucci, Associate Professor of Biology,  Elon University
Topic: Effect of the Case Method of Instruction (CMI) on Conceptual Change in Students’ Understanding of Biological Concepts

R. Mark Matthews,  Chemistry Instructor, Durham Technical Community College
Topic: Teaching General Chemistry Fully Online

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 pm

Disciplinary Breakout Sessions

Disciplinary-specific discussions will be offered:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Computing Sciences
  4. Engineering
  5. Mathematics & Statistics
  6. Physics
  7. Psychology

2:15 – 3:30 pm

Developing a Plan of Action and Business Meeting: Sustaining the NC Network into the Future

3:30– 4:00 pm

STEM and Sustainability – Environmental Education Center at Elon

Faculty from the Environmental Education Center will discuss sustainable agriculture and green architecture at Elon College.

4:00 pm

Networking Social (Cash bar & heavy hors d’oeuvres)