Biology Scholars Program Amy Chang American Society for Microbiology. Goal: Develop faculty expertise in evidenced-based science education reform Seven life science professional societies
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Number and demographics of participants
Continue throughout the year? Any attrition?
Do they enjoy the residency?
Is it what they expected?
What did they learn?
Did they learn what you intended?
Are they using what they learned?
In what ways?
Publications and presentations
Participation in the Writing Residency or Leadership Residency
16 participants; 14 women, 2 men
88% (n=14) Follow-up Survey response rate
15 participants; 7 women, 8 men
73% (n=11) Follow-up Survey response rate
60% (n=9) completed posters (July, Nov and May)
13 participants; 8 women, 9 men
62% (n=8) Follow-up Survey response rate
The outcomes have all been positive. I have gained new tools with which to pursue my research and have a network of scholars with whom I can share and learn from in this pursuit.
The ASM Scholars experience gave me the confidence to take an initial attempt at SoTL and turn it into a part of my research program.
Describe your practice of SoTL:
I think about what I want to know about my students and their learning and apply methods to answer those questions.
I develop assessment instruments to use in my classroom in an attempt to determine how changes I make in my teaching style affect student learning.
I used a mixed methods approach to assess student learning in an advanced molecular biology course; one tool was a written grant proposal to assess higher order thinking skills.
I have asked students to write reflective journals weekly. I have scored these to see how their thinking about the lab becomes more or less scientific over the course of a semester.
Completing one 4-year study on active learning; working on one study involving high school teachers and students; and starting a project to revise the curriculum and assess learning in an intro biology course.
I have revised my course to include active learning experiences and online discussions of scientific readings.
If anything, I am a more fierce advocate of SoTL and feel strongly that SoTL must be seen on par with traditional, disciplinary, discovery-based scholarship, especially for tenure and promotion.
I am so centered on student learning that I rarely take time to administer the teaching evaluations!
IRB process at institution
Time to implement
Still learning how to practice SoTL
Resistant or unsupportive colleagues
Student issues - resistance, attrition
Not supported by discipline, profession
Jan 7-10, 2009, Washington, DC
Application deadline: Oct 19, 2008
Jul 15-18, 2009, Washington, DC
Application deadline: March 1, 2009
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