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Appendix C Workshop Agenda Criteria and Benchmarks for Increased Learning from Undergraduate STEM Instruction Committee on Undergraduate Science Education National Research Council 500 Fifth Street, NW, NA Room 100 November 19–20, 2002 AGENDA Tuesday, November 19 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast 8:30 Welcome and introductions Bruce Alberts (President, The National Academy of Sciences) Richard A. McCray (Chair, CUSE) Robert L. DeHaan (Director, CUSE)
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8:45 Discipline-based research in undergraduate STEM (USTEM) student learning: two pedagogical approaches to education research and practice at the introductory classroom level Exemplar 1: Physics Paula R. L. Heron, University of Washington: Research as a guide to improving student learning in undergraduate physics. 9:30 Exemplar 1: Biology Brian Reiser, Northwestern University, BGuILE: Scaffolding student scientific inquiry in biology. 10:15 Break 10:30 USTEM student learning: concurrent discipline-based working groups Physics (Facilitators: Laws, Henry) Life sciences: (Facilitators: Allen, Sundberg) Geosciences: (Facilitators: Olin, McCray) Chemistry: (Facilitators: Khan, Gosser) Each working group will complete three tasks: (1) Develop a list of a few additional examples of highly reputed courses/programs within its discipline; (2) come to agreement on the characteristics of each entry that justified its selection for the list (pedagogy, conceptual content, use of interactive IT, inclusiveness of diversity, social relevance, etc., being as specific in each category as possible); and (3) extract from those characteristics a list of criteria or indicators that would enable an observer to assess programs in that discipline. This list represents our “working hypothesis” regarding benchmarks and criteria for evaluating courses and programs. 11:30 Working groups report: discussion 12:15 p.m. Lunch 1:15 Processes for development of student learning outcomes Barbara Baumstark, Georgia State University, Dept. of Biology
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2:00 Evaluating student outcomes: E=MC2 Gloria Rogers, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 2:45 Break 3:00 Student outcomes: concurrent discipline-based working groups Physics (Facilitators: Wilson, Heron) Life sciences: (Facilitators: Chamany, Uno) Geosciences: (Facilitators: Brunkhorst, Lopez) Chemistry: (Facilitators: Serum, Tong) Each working group has two tasks: (1) Prepare a consensus list of student outcomes for the discipline; and (2) identify conceptual and cognitive outcomes that might serve as cross-disciplinary learning goals. 4:00 Working groups report: discussion Both discipline-based and cross-disciplinary learning goals will be identified. 4:45 Tools for Assessing Quality USTEM Instruction: Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) Anton Lawson, Arizona State University, Dept. of Biology 5:30 Day 1 plenary session adjourns Wednesday, November 20 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast 8:30 Curricular and pedagogical improvement: effecting faculty change Susan Millar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WCER
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9:15 Barriers to change: resistance is the normative mode Elaine Seymour, University of Colorado, CARTSS 10:00 Break 10:15 On encouraging faculty to pursue instructional reform Robert M. Zemsky, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education 11:00 Institutional/departmental governance and incentives to promote quality USTEM instruction: a panel discussion Jack Wilson, UMassOnline David F. Brakke, James Madison University Herb Levitan, NSF, Education and Human Resources 12:30 p.m. Lunch 1:30 General discussion: What did we learn? Next steps? Richard A. McCray, Robert L. DeHaan The discussion will focus primarily on the three overarching workshop questions: How to define and teach desired student outcomes? How to evaluate exemplary instruction? How to promote exemplary teaching at the institutional/departmental level? 3:00 Meeting adjourns
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