STEM Central

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Course and Curriculum Improvement

Community Working Group

This working group is intended to facilitate continued discussion and action to improve Foundational Courses in STEM majors. Subscribe to this group and receive updates on new resources related to this topic.  You can also participate by sharing your ideas, posting existing resources, or collaborating with others in this group to develop and disseminate needed resources and tools. We encourage participation from anyone interested in improving undergraduate education. Please join us!

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This working group was initiated at the 2012 STEP Meeting, held March 13-15, 2012.  We thank the following leaders for helping to get the conversation started: Sylvia Orr – Estrella Mountain Community College, Janet Liou-Mark – New York City College of Technology, Ginger Rowell – Middle Tennessee State University, and Dan Maki – Indiana University, Dave Matty – Weber State University

Resources & Discussions

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Mobile Response System (MRS) Video February 24, 2016 0
Improve undergraduate STEM education urge Cottrell Scholars and AAU Article July 23, 2015 0
Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (2015) Book March 04, 2015 0
Shirley Malcom: Improving the Undergraduate STEM experience Video November 22, 2014 0
Jay Labov: Rethinking Introductory Undergraduate Course in STEM Video November 22, 2014 0
Socioscientific Issues as a Curriculum Emphasis: Theory, Research and Practice Webinar August 01, 2017 0
Generate an Argument: An Instructional Model Webinar August 01, 2017 0
University of Arizona Video: Collaborative Learning Spaces Video May 11, 2015 1
STEP 2013 Session III-05 Increasing Student Success in STEM through Application-based Mathematics instruction- SESSION NOTES File March 16, 2013 1
STEP MEETING 2013 BREAKOUT: Recruitment and Retention in Foundational Science Courses. (Session III-10) Discussion February 02, 2013 1
STEP MEETING 2013 BREAKOUT: Successful Experiences in First Year Mathematics Courses (Session I-10) Discussion January 26, 2013 1
STEP MEETING 2014 BREAKOUT SESSION: Improving Student Success in Foundational Courses in the Sciences (Session II-5) Discussion February 08, 2014 0
TIED UP course materials Link January 07, 2017 0
Increased Structure and Active Learning Reduce the Achievement Gap in Introductory Biology Article August 27, 2016 0
Webinar of Interest: How to Help People Remember What They Learn Discussion September 15, 2015 0
VIDEO: At the intersection of liberal arts and STEM Discussion August 25, 2015 0
Teachback: A lightweight clicker-based audience response system. Discussion April 22, 2015 0
It’s Personal: Biology Instructors Prioritize Personal Evidence over Empirical Evidence in Teaching Decisions Article April 12, 2015 0
Discovery: Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science Link December 20, 2014 0
Curriculum Materials Make a Difference for Next Generation Science Learning: Results from Year 1 of a Randomized Control Trial Tech Report September 27, 2014 0
Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics Article September 21, 2014 0
STEP 2014 Session I-11 Notes: Improving Student Success in Foundational Courses in Math Discussion March 08, 2014 0
Link to first year seminar resources Discussion March 08, 2014 0
Scribe notes from breakout session Discussion March 04, 2014 0
STEP MEETING 2014 BREAKOUT SESSION: Improving Student Success in Foundational Courses in Math (Session III-12) Discussion February 08, 2014 0
STEP MEETING 2014 BREAKOUT SESSION: Interdisciplinary Mathematics in STEM Education: Undergraduate Retention and Research (Session I-6) Discussion February 08, 2014 0
STEP MEETING 2014 BREAKOUT SESSION: Improving Student Success in Foundational Courses in Math (Session I-11) Discussion February 08, 2014 0
Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners Manual December 14, 2013 0
STEP 2013 Session I-10 Notes Successful Experiences in First Year Mathematics Courses File April 15, 2013 0
STEP 2013 Session III-10 Notes: Recruitment and Retention in Foundational Science Courses File April 15, 2013 0
Using Online Assessment and Practice to Achieve Better Retention and Placement in Precalculus and Calculus In Proceedings April 07, 2013 0
STEP 2013, III-5 Updated PRESENTATION: Mathematics Umbrella Model in STEM Education Discussion March 30, 2013 0
STEP MEETING 2013 BREAKOUT: Increasing Student Success in STEM through Application-Based Math Instruction (Session III-5) Discussion February 02, 2013 0
ConfChem Conference on Educating the Next Generation: Green and Sustainable Chemistry—Chemistry of Sustainability: A General Education Science Course Enhancing Students, Faculty and Institutional Programming Article January 26, 2013 0
Keeping an Eye on Biology Article January 26, 2013 0
Environments for Twenty-First-Century Learning Miscellaneous January 26, 2013 0