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TIGER TEACHES University of Colorado at Boulder. October 21, 2010 CIRTL Network Meeting PJ Bennett, Ph.D. Assistant Director Graduate Teacher Program. What is it?. TIGER TEACHES… funds small teaching as research projects in the STEM disciplines.

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Tiger teaches university of colorado at boulder

TIGER TEACHES University of Colorado at Boulder

October 21, 2010CIRTL Network Meeting

PJ Bennett, Ph.D.

Assistant DirectorGraduate Teacher Program


What is it
What is it?

  • TIGER TEACHES…

    • funds small teaching as research projects in the STEM disciplines.

    • The participating graduate students get a one time $2500 stipend for a semester long project.

    • Graduate students must have a faculty mentor in the department they are doing their research in.

    • Graduate students are selected on the strength and feasibility of their proposals.


The course research proposal
The Course Research Proposal

  • Each proposal will

    • identify the course

    • identify a question or hypothesis to test

    • select a methodology

    • develop an assessment process

  • We do help the graduate students refine their answers to these questions.

  • Lastly, all funded proposals are required to go through IRB approval.


What we require
What we require

  • By the end of the Semester

    • Data will be written up as a report for TIGER and CIRTL and have the for potential publication.


What we encourage
What we encourage

  • To present their research observations to the discipline-based education research (DBER) group at CU Boulder.

  • To apply for the CIRTL Exchange program.


Projects for fall 2010
Projects for Fall 2010

  • Laptops vs. paper methods for note taking: Which produces better learning?(Astronomy and Geography)

  • Assessing student attitudes in Geology 1030(Geology)


Note taking personnel
Note Taking (Personnel)

  • Dr. Douglas Duncan Faculty Mentor

  • Dr. Angel Hoekstra Qualitative Research Expert

  • Danielle Merriman Graduate Student

  • Katherine Fischer Graduate Student

  • Dr. Laura Border CIRTL Program Advisor

  • Dr. PJ Bennett TIGER/CIRTL staff member overseeing the projects


Note taking proposal
Note Taking (Proposal)

  • GEOG 1020, ASTR 1120, ASTR 1110, ASTR 1010

  • Does use of a laptop computer or electronic device help or harm student learning?

  • data collection will include: survey questions, designed to gather demographic data and method of note taking; observations of students note taking; qualitative interviews with students; and exam and clicker scores.

  • The students note taking will be correlated with their attitudes and test scores.


Student attitudes personnel
Student Attitudes (Personnel)

  • Dr. Lon Abbott Faculty Mentor

  • Jessica King Graduate Student

  • Dr. Laura Border CIRTL Program Advisor

  • Dr. PJ Bennett TIGER/CIRTL staff member overseeing the projects


Student attitudes proposal
Student Attitudes (Proposal)

  • Geology 1030

  • What are the attitudes of students in the redesigned Geology 1030 course with respect to the addition of online components and local geology examples?

  • Data will be collected by: Online Pre and Post tests, and final exam scores

  • Exam scores and pre post test will be compared to determine how student attitudes impact learning.


Projects that did not work
Projects that did not work

  • We had two projects that did not work out

  • One project was in the math department. However, the math department decided to do a project on Calculus III that involved all of the sections.

  • The second was in chemistry. However, it turned out that the student would only be looking at already collected data this semester.