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STEMTEC WINTER WORKSHOP EVALUATION

Workshop Evaluation -Summary of Results


Following is a short version of the  evaluation report from the January
Workshop that was given to the PI's. If you would like the complete version
please contact Helen Gibson.


Type of institutional affiliation

TYPE OF INSTITUTION     K-12    2 YEAR COLLEGE  4 YEAR COLLEGE
N                         9              5                19

TOTAL = 33 Participants


Section I:   Evaluation of Specific Sessions

1.      Gallery Walk (Saturday morning)

        a.      Please rate the quality of this session:


        EXCELLENT       GOOD    FAIR    POOR
K-12    2                6       1       0
2 YEAR  2                3       0       0
4 YEAR  6                8       3       1
TOTAL   10              17       4       1


        b.      How relevant was the session to the objectives of the workshop?

        VERY RELEVANT   SOMEWHAT RELEVANT       NOT AT ALL RELEVANT
K-12    6                        3                       0
2 YEAR  4                        1                       0
4 YEAR  9                        9                       0
TOTAL   19                       13                      0

        c.      Was the topic adequately covered by this session?

        YES     NO
K-12    9       0
2 YEAR  5       0
4 YEAR  11      3
TOTAL   25      3

        d.      Comments and/or additional feedback regarding this session:

Many participants felt that this was a good way of introducing the ideas of
the workshop, but that no new knowledge was gained during the activity.




2.      Overview of STEMTEC (Saturday morning)

        a.      Please rate the quality of this session:

        EXCELLENT       GOOD    FAIR    POOR
K-12    4                3       2       0
2 YEAR  1                3       1       0
4 YEAR  7                10      0       1
TOTAL   12               16      3       1


        b.      How  relevant was the session to the objectives of the workshop?


        VERY RELEVANT   SOMEWHAT RELEVANT       NOT AT ALL RELEVANT
K-12    6                        3                       0
2 YEAR  4                        1                       0
4 YEAR  14                       4                       0
TOTAL   24                       8                       0

        c.      Was the topic adequately covered by this session?


        YES     NO
K-12    9       0
2 YEAR  3       2
4 YEAR  15      3
TOTAL   27      5


        d.      Comments and/or additional feedback regarding this session:

In general people felt that this session was helpful in gaining an
understanding of what STEMTEC  is, but there was still some confusion about
the roles of the different groups (K-12 teachers, 2 year professors, etc.).




3.      Cycle I Faculty Report (Saturday morning)

        a.      Please rate the quality of this session:

        EXCELLENT       GOOD    FAIR    POOR
K-12    5                4       0       0
2 YEAR  1                4       0       0
4 YEAR  13               6       0       0
TOTAL   19               14      0       0

        b.      How relevant was the session to the objectives of the workshop?

        VERY RELEVANT   SOMEWHAT RELEVANT       NOT AT ALL RELEVANT
K-12    6                         3                      0
2 YEAR  3                         2                      0
4 YEAR  17                        2                      0
TOTAL   26                        7                      0


        c.      Was the topic adequately covered by this session?

        YES     NO
K-12    9       0
2 YEAR  5       0
4 YEAR  13      6
TOTAL   27      6

        d.      Comments and/or additional feedback regarding this session:

Overall, participants found it very useful and interesting to hear about
the experiences of faculty. Some, however, felt that they wanted to hear
more, especially from Mark Leckie.


4.      Cooperative Learning (Saturday afternoon & Sunday morning)

        a.      Please rate the quality of this session:

        EXCELLENT       GOOD    FAIR    POOR
K-12    3                 5       1       0
2 YEAR  2                 3       0       0
4 YEAR  7                 6       3       3
TOTAL   12                14      4       3

        b.      How relevant was the session to the objectives of the workshop?

        VERY RELEVANT   SOMEWHAT RELEVANT        NOT AT ALL RELEVANT
K-12    7                       2                       0
2 YEAR  5                       0                       0
4 YEAR  12                      6                       1
TOTAL   24                      8                       1

        c.      Was the topic adequately covered by this session?

        YES     NO
K-12    8       1
2 YEAR  4       1
4 YEAR  12      7
TOTAL   24      9


        d.      Comments and/or additional feedback regarding this session:

Many participants enjoyed the workshop, but felt that there should have
been more focus on how cooperative learning can be applied (real examples),
as opposed to why it is a good method to use.


5.      Problem-Based Learning (Monday morning)

        a.      Please rate the quality of this session:

        EXCELLENT       GOOD    FAIR    POOR
K-12    8                1       0       0
2 YEAR  4                1       0       0
4 YEAR  15               2       2       0
TOTAL   27               4       2       0


        b.      How relevant was the session to the objectives of the workshop?

        VERY RELEVANT   SOMEWHAT RELEVANT       NOT AT ALL RELEVANT
K-12    8                        1                       0
2 YEAR  5                        0                       0
4 YEAR  16                       3                       0
TOTAL   29                       4                       0


        c.      Was the topic adequately covered by this session?

        YES     NO
K-12    9       0
2 YEAR  5       0
4 YEAR  17      2
TOTAL   31      2



d.      Comments and/or additional feedback regarding this session:

Most of the participants found this session very interesting and inspiring
and plan to apply some of the ideas to their own courses. Faculty would
like more information about PBL activities in different disciplines.




Section II: K12/College Collaborations

1.      The workshop provided the opportunity for both formal and informal
interactions between K12 teachers and college faculty. As a result of the
workshop did you have any meaningful dialogue about teaching with K12
teachers and college faculty?


        YES     NO
K-12    7       2
2 YEAR  3       1
4 YEAR  18      1
TOTAL   28      4


Several participants noted that they valued the interactions with people
from other institutions, but they felt that the interactions should have
been more formalized and systematic.


2.      Do you currently have specific plans for introducing K12 teaching
opportunities for college students?

        YES     NO
K-12    2       4
2 YEAR  2       2
4 YEAR  8       10
TOTAL   12      16


Some participants expressed interest in K12 teaching opportunities for
college students, but are not sure how it can be accomplished.



3.      What additional activities or initiatives could STEMTEC undertake
to enhance K12        and     higher education dialogue about teaching, and
the development of K12 teaching   opportunities?

STEMTEC should provide more opportunities for K12 teachers and higher
education partners to interact.




Section III:   Overall Evaluation of the Workshop

1.      The workshop consisted of some work within discipline teams. Was
the time you spent in discipline teams useful to you for your teaching?
Please explain.

        The majority of the participants found the discipline teams to be
useful in terms of generating ideas and gaining new perspectives on
teaching.


2.      Which aspect(s), if any, of the workshop do you expect will be
particularly beneficial? Why?

Many of the responses mentioned that problem based learning, collaborative
learning, and networking with people from other institutions and
disciplines were particularly beneficial aspects of the workshop.


3.      Which aspect(s), if any, of the workshop do you expect will be the
least beneficial? Why?

Several participants noted that the gallery walk was not useful.  Some
participants did not find the collaborative learning session instructive.



4.      Are there any topics that were not included that you think would
strengthen future STEMTEC workshops? Please explain.

The participants made several suggestions for improving the workshop,
including incorporating the use of technology, learning more teaching
strategies, and focusing more on students' needs and perspectives.


5.      Overall, were your expectations of the workshop met? If not, why?

Twenty eight out of the twenty nine people who responded said that their
expectations of the workshop were met. It is interesting to note, however,
that several participants mentioned that they were not exactly sure what to
expect coming to the workshop.



6.      What is your overall rating of the workshop?

        EXCELLENT       GOOD    FAIR    POOR
K-12    5                3       1       0
2 YEAR  1                4       0       0
4 YEAR  8               10       1       0
TOTAL   14              17       2       0

7.      Additional comments or suggestions...
        (including concerns about logistics useful for planning future
workshops)

Most comments were positive (the food was a big hit), although many people
noted that three days was too long.



Dr. Helen L. Gibson                                 Phone: (413)545-0845 or
Evaluation Manager                                         (413)545-0001
Donahue Institute

University of Massachusetts                      Fax:  (413)545-3420
211 Middlesex House                             Home:   (413)367-9457
Amherst, MA 01003-5520                        Email: helen@educ.umass.edu

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