Schedule at a Glance

8:45 – 9:00 AM



Opening - Kris Wobbe, Director of the WPI Center for Project-Based Learning

Welcome - Laurie Leshin, President of WPI

9:00 – 9:55 AM



Students from several Massachusetts colleges and universities who will speak about the impact of COVID19 on their education and expectations.

10:00 – 11:00 AM



  1. Multidisciplinary Approaches in COVID-19

    1. A 360 Degree View of COVID-19: Multidisciplinary approach to teaching the science of the pandemic (13985)

    2. Developing Animated Science Videos during the COVID-19 Pandemic (14057)

    3. Effective Implementation of Informal STEM Learning Practices in the Virtual Classroom (14065)

    4. Engaging Students Remotely during Pandemic: Virtual Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) at Worcester State University (14098)


  1. Redesigning and Rethinking

    1. Academic Integrity in Times of COVID: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic (13981)

    2. Competing with TikTok: Redesigning Learning for the Short-Attention-Span Era (14092)

    3. Transition to online spaces: strategies, tools, and practices (14088)

    4. Providing Resources for New Faculty in COVID Times and Beyond (14097)


  1. Approaches to Mathematics 1

    1. Removing Barriers to Participating in Upper-Level Mathematics (14005)

    2. A mastery-based, small-group, hybrid, on-line vector calculus course (14013)

    3. Statistics in the time of COVID-19(14047)

10:00 – 11:00 AM



  1. Supporting Diverse Students in Overcoming Barriers to Research and Social Injustice Through Intentional Programming of a Virtual Professional Development Program (14069)

  2. Facilitating "Hands-On" Learning in a Browser: Project-Based Learning in Online and Remote STEM Courses (14086)

  3. How COVID-19 made me a more effective teacher: Leveraging resources for student centered learning in online/hybrid environments (14085)

11:00 – 11:15 AM


11:15  – 12:15



  1. Service and Team Based Learning and other High Impact Practices


    1. STEM Service Learning During a Pandemic (13983)

    2. Project and Team Based Learning in the Time of COVID (14051)

    3. Service Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Community 3D Printing Initiatives (14087)

    B: Approaches to Laboratory Instruction

    1. Learning Lab Skills Online: Lessons from Transitioning to Remote Learning for a Biotechnology Lab (14062)

    2. Using OneNote as an Electronic Laboratory Notebook Enhances Remote Collaboration (14066)

    3. Adapting Biology Labs to Hybrid and Online Formats During the Covid-19 Pandemic (14079)


    C: Fully and Partially Flipped Classrooms

    1. Flipped Learning: Higher Ed's All-Purpose Swiss Army Knife for Teaching in an Uncertain Pandemic (13988)

    2. Recorded Lecture Capture Videos to Promote Beyond the Classroom Learning in Upper Level Chemistry Courses during COVID-19 (14029)

    3. The Use of Interactive Video Assignments to Engage Students in Online and Hybrid Chemistry Classes (14083)

    4. Synchronous and Asynchronous delivery of a moderately-sized Human Anatomy class (14090)

11:15 – 12:15



  1. College Women in STEM: Building Community and Sense of Belonging in a Covid-19 World (14044)

  2. Reliable Assessing Online: Going Beyond the Grading Scale (14075)

  3. STEM Starter Academy: A Commitment to Student Outcomes through Case Management (14107)

12:15 – 1:15 PM


12:15 – 1:15 PM


Facilitator: C. Ellen Washington, Faculty, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

1:15 – 2:15 PM



  A: Professional Panel

  1. Hear from higher ed professionals who can speak to changes in the student trajectory into, through and beyond higher ed.

B: Approaches to Chemistry 1

  1. What Did They Really Think? Soliciting Feedback on Online Labs in a Large Chemistry Course (14100)

  2. Incorporating Student-Centered Learning into Online Labs (14049)

  3. The University of North Carolina (UNC) System Chemistry Pathways Course Content Collections: Overview of Materials and Implementation (14055 & 14056)


  4. Organic Chemistry During COVID-19: Prioritizing Student Engagement for Remote Learning (14077)


C: Approaches to Biology

  1. Creating a custom-built laboratory home kit for a hands-on lab experience during fluctuating modalities (14007)

  2. Online research projects: Using datasets to teach experimental design, data analysis and science communication (14030)

  3. Development of a Remote Inquiry-Based Undergraduate Laboratory for Sensory Physiology (14093)

  4. Molecular Genetics at home: Take-home lab kits using miniPCR instruments (14058)

1:15 – 2:15 PM



  1. An Anti-Racist Case for Alternative Grading (13980)

  2. Dynamic Computational Modeling and Simulation: Teach systems biology and experimental design on-campus and/or remotely (14080)

2:15 – 2:30 PM


2:30 – 3:30 PM



A: General Results from Campus Studies

  1. Impact of Faculty's Ability to Successfully Navigate Technological Platforms for Remote Instruction (14082)

  2. STEM teaching and learning  transition during pandemic at Inter American University, Puerto Rico (14019)

  3. Transitioning from in Person to Online Learning in STEM -- Impacts of Learning, Study Strategies, and Community (14008)

  4. Have NSF S-STEM Scholarships Changed SEISMIC Scholars' Work Circumstances? (14045)


B: Approaches to Mathematics 2

  1. Math Letter Writing Pen Pal Experience as a Practicum Alternative (14046)

  2. The UNC System Math Pathways Course Content Collections: Supporting Students and Faculty in Moving to Distance Learning (14052)

  3. The University of North Carolina System Math Pathways Course Content Collections: Overview of Materials and Implementation (14053)


  C: Undergraduate Research 1

  1. Successful online implementation of a traditionally in-person, residential, summer research program (14078)
  2. Utilizing Contract Grading and Online Resources to Enhance Undergraduate Research Experiences in Bioinformatics Asynchronously (14054)
  3. Considerations in curriculum design to build a more connected online CURE (14091)
  4. From Face-to-Face to Virtual Space: Development and Evaluation of Online CUREs in STEM (14073)

2:30 – 3:30 PM



  1. Augment Motivation and Interaction to Help our Students Succeed in Remote Learning (13986)

  2. A Genetics Escape Room Final: Developing Team Skills and Critical Thinking in STEM in Times of COVID-19 (13980)

3:30 – 3:45 PM


3:45 – 4:45 PM



A: Diversity and Community

  1. Age-Friendly Universities: Confronting Ageism and Integrating Intergenerational Learning in the Classroom (14042)

  2. Impact of Covid-19 on Women of Color Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (14033)

  3. Building community and engaging students in an online science course (14096)


B: Approaches to Chemistry 2

  1. Strategies for Student Engagement and Insights Gained from Online Chemistry Classes (14076)

  2. Hybrid Delivery and Engaging Stressed Students in Nursing Chemistry: Lessons learned and strategies to improve (14064)

  3. A Coordinated General Chemistry Course in the Time of Covid19 (14074)

  4. Challenges and Joys of coordinating the transitioning of face-to-face chemical laboratories to on-line (14094)


C: Undergraduate Research 2

  1. How a pandemic enhanced an interdisciplinary research experience for undergraduates and faculty (14081)

  2. Course Based Undergraduate Research Experience: The Biochemical Properties of SARS-CoV-2 (14061)

  3. The Pandemic Pivot: Teaching a Nonmajors Science Course Through COVID- 19 (14095)

  4. Student constructed college reopening plans - a real world course assignment (14059)

  3:45 – 4:45 PM


  1. Playback Theatre for Community Building During Physical Distancing and Demonstrations (14089)

  2. Engaging students with inquiry-based learning in online and hybrid classrooms (14072)