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Biology scholars program amy chang american society for microbiology

Biology Scholars ProgramAmy ChangAmerican Society for Microbiology

  • Goal: Develop faculty expertise in evidenced-based science education reform

  • Seven life science professional societies

  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching initiative on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)


Program features

Program Features

  • Three themes

    • Science education research

    • Science education publishing

    • Educational leadership

  • Applications & institutional support required

  • Intensive, multi-day kick-off event

  • 1-2 years virtual residency

    • Follow-up meetings

    • E-discussions

    • E-mentoring

    • Personal benchmarks


Outcome research residency

Outcome: Research Residency

  • Locate and use science education and science research literature

  • Frame appropriate questions regarding student learning in the biological sciences

  • Design projects to determine outcomes in terms of student learning

  • Design methods for collecting data concerned with student learning and other outcomes

  • Analyze and interpret student surveys and learning data

  • Understand the importance of and necessary steps required for IRB approval

  • Identify appropriate venues for publishing studies


Outcome writing residency

Outcome: Writing Residency

  • Identify the audience and determine voice

  • Plan the story in context of what is known about learning

  • Present data to support findings with conviction

  • Develop a storyline and resolve storyline gaps

  • Understand the editorial process from pre-submission through publication including leading causes for rejection

  • Serve as an ad hoc reviewer in staged reviews


Research residency 06 08 levels of evaluation participation

Evaluation

Participation

Number and demographics of participants

Continue throughout the year? Any attrition?

Satisfaction

Do they enjoy the residency?

Is it what they expected?

Learning

What did they learn?

Did they learn what you intended?

Application

Are they using what they learned?

In what ways?

Overall Impact

Publications and presentations

Participation in the Writing Residency or Leadership Residency

Participation

2005-2006 Cohort

16 participants; 14 women, 2 men

88% (n=14) Follow-up Survey response rate

2006-2007 Cohort

15 participants; 7 women, 8 men

73% (n=11) Follow-up Survey response rate

60% (n=9) completed posters (July, Nov and May)

2007-2008 Cohort

13 participants; 8 women, 9 men

62% (n=8) Follow-up Survey response rate

Research Residency (06-08): Levels of Evaluation & Participation


Satisfaction

Satisfaction

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.


Learning

Learning

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.


Application

Application

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.


Application1

Application

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.


Overall impact

Overall Impact

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!


Barriers and challenges

Barriers and Challenges

IRB process at institution

Unsupportive administration

Time to implement

Still learning how to practice SoTL

Resistant or unsupportive colleagues

Student issues - resistance, attrition

Not supported by discipline, profession

Pre-tenure


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Biology Scholars www.biologyscholars.org

Writing Residency

Jan 7-10, 2009, Washington, DC

Application deadline: Oct 19, 2008

Research Residency

Jul 15-18, 2009, Washington, DC

Application deadline: March 1, 2009


Research residency 06 08 levels of evaluation

Research Residency (06-08) Levels of Evaluation

  • Participation

    • Number and demographics of participants

    • Continue throughout the year? Any attrition?

  • Satisfaction

    • Do they enjoy the residency?

    • Is it what they expected?

  • Learning

    • What did they learn?

    • Did they learn what you intended?

  • Application

    • Are they using what they learned?

    • In what ways?

  • Overall Impact

    • Publications and presentations

    • Participation in the Writing Residency or Leadership Residency


Participation

Participation

  • 2005-2006 Cohort

    • 16 participants; 14 women, 2 men

    • 88% (n=14) Follow-up Survey response rate

  • 2006-2007 Cohort

    • 15 participants; 7 women, 8 men

    • 73% (n=11) Follow-up Survey response rate

    • 60% (n=9) completed posters (July, Nov and May)

  • 2007-2008 Cohort

    • 13 participants; 8 women, 9 men

    • 62% (n=8) Follow-up Survey response rate


Partners and sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Life science partners

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science

    • American Institute of Biological Sciences

    • American Physiological Society

    • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biologt

    • American Society for Cell Biology

    • Ecological Society of America

    • Genetics Society of America

  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

  • National Science Foundation CCLI Project

    Managed by the

    American Society for Microbiology

    [email protected]

    www.biologyscholars.org


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