Goal and Implementation
One of the primary goals of STEMTEC is to assist college science and mathematics faculty in improving the learning environment in their courses. This can be achieved by examining the relevant research on how students learn, using a variety of teaching methods and approaches to facilitate student engagement in the classroom, and assessing student learning in an equally diverse manner. The Faculty Fellows program will provide an informal atmosphere to encourage exploration, discussion, and testing of ideas that will result in the redesign of an undergraduate course by each participant.
The major components of the program are:
· Biweekly dinner seminars during Spring, 2002
· Access to STEMTEC resources on teaching and learning
· Program assessment by STEMTEC evaluator
· Preparation of individual plans for course redesign
· Continuation of dinner seminars in Fall, 2002
· Implementation of course plans
· Final portfolio
· $2,500 stipend
General Format: These will be informal discussions centered on topics that will enable you to go beyond lecturing in your own teaching. We encourage you to try these out during the coming semester, and we ask that you report briefly on your experiences during the seminars beginning in March. By the end of the semester, we ask that you have a plan for your re-designed course, which will then be discussed among ourselves at our final meeting (May 7).
Sessions will be held at Five Colleges, except where indicated.
Book: We will be giving you a book, which is on back-order with the publisher:
Uno, Gordon, E. 1999. Handbook on Teaching Undergraduate Science Courses: A Survival Training Manual. Saunders College Publishing, 159 p.
Page references in the weekly list of topics refer to this volume. We will provide advance photocopies of the pages until the books arrive.
January 24: Introduction to Program
Feb. 5: Active Learning
Uno, Chapter V
Feb. 19: Informal Cooperative Learning
Uno, Chapter VI
Mar. 5: Formal Cooperative Learning (Problem Based Learning)
Uno, Chapter VI (continued)
Mar. 26: Assessing your students:
alternatives to traditional tests
Uno, Chapter VIII
Apr. 9: Using technology effectively
(session will be at alternate location)
Uno, Chapter IX
Apr. 23: Critical, Higher Order, & Expert Thinking
Uno, Chapter VII
May 7: Plans for Course redesign