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Tablet PCs, Interactive Teaching, and Integrative Advising Promote STEM Success. Ms. Cathy Lysy Dr. Carla Romney Dr. Juan Pedro Paniagua Dr. Fabian Torres- Ardila Science and Engineering Program. FYE- February 2011. Motivation for Integrating Academic Advising with Mathematics Instruction.

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Tablet PCs, Interactive Teaching, and Integrative Advising Promote STEM Success

Ms. Cathy Lysy

Dr. Carla Romney

Dr. Juan Pedro Paniagua

Dr. Fabian Torres-Ardila

Science and Engineering Program

FYE- February 2011


Motivation for Integrating Academic Advising with Mathematics Instruction

2009 Freshman Survey findings

One-third of respondents indicated that they planned to pursue a STEM major upon matriculation.

Less than half of the students who specify an interest in STEM upon college entry actually earn a STEM degree within five years.

Students who initially entered undergraduate STEM programs had substantially lower degree completion rates (regardless of major) than their same-race peers who entered other fields.

Hurtado et al.

//heri.ucla.edu/nih/HERI_ResearchBrief_OL_2010_STEM.pdf

FYE- February 2011


Motivation for Integrating Academic Advising with Mathematics Instruction

We postulate that….

success and retention in STEM disciplines during the freshman year is dependent on effective advising and student achievement in mathematics.

FYE- February 2011


  • Science and Engineering Program (SEP) Mathematics Instruction

  • Founded in the 1980’s, SEP’s mission is to enhance students’ skills in introductory science and engineering subjects, thus improving academic performance and likelihood of professional success.

  • A two year transitional program for high school graduates who do not receive direct admission to the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Engineering are referred to SEP.

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  • SEP’s Unique Characteristics Mathematics Instruction

  • Two-year program within a four-year institution.

  • Small class sizes.

  • Collaborative team environment.

  • Open and accessible culture.

  • Student access to University-wide resources.

  • Individualized academic planning and advising.

FYE- February 2011


College of Arts and Sciences Majors Mathematics InstructionCollege of Engineering Majors

Astronomy Biomedical

Astronomy & Physics Computer

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Electrical

Biology Mechanical

Chemistry

Computer Science

Earth Sciences

Economics & Mathematics

Environmental Analysis & Policy

Environmental Science

Geophysics & Planetary Sciences

Geography

Marine Science

Mathematics

Mathematics & Computer Science

Mathematics & Philosophy

Neuroscience

Philosophy & Physics

Physics

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  • SEP students may pursue pre-medical, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • SEP students are guaranteed continuation at College of Arts and Sciences or College of Engineering provided that they earn a grade of C or higher in science, mathematics, and major courses and possess a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher at the end of the sophomore year.

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Interactive Mathematics Classroom with Tablet PCs pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

Instructor produces recording of each class session that integrates prepared PPT slides, instructor’s in-class annotations on slides, student work, and all classroom discussion for post-class review.

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  • Advantages for Students Who Use Tablet PCs pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Easier to take notes on teacher’s PowerPoint slides, without having to focus on copying from the board.

  • Fewer transcription errors lead to less confusion.

  • Peer critiquing/collaborative problem-solving and learning.

  • Saves paper and printing costs.

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Advantages for Faculty Who Use Tablet PCs pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • More interesting presentation than PowerPoint slides since it develops in real time.

  • Easier to engage students in problem-solving.

  • Easier to observe/correct student work.

  • Permanent record of class work for review by students/colleagues.

FYE- February 2011


  • FACULTY pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • PARENTS/GUARDIANS

  • ACADEMIC ADVISING

SEP STUDENTS

ARE

STEM STARS!

  • BU COMMUNITY

  • UNIVERSITY SERVICES

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Faculty pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Genuine desire to see students succeed.

  • Possess a love of and passion for teaching.

  • Share information with colleagues, students, and parents.

  • Committed to the centrality of academic and personal advising as vital to student success.

  • Provide long-term and short-term mentoring.

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Academic Advising pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Teach Freshmen Advising Seminar.

  • Provide personal and academic support.

  • Establish non-threatening relationships with students.

  • Monitor student progress and make referrals to support services.

  • Participate in community-building events.

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Boston University Community pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • BU provides unlimited opportunities for academic and personal growth.

  • SEP’s vibrant and diverse community supports varied interests.

  • BU Women in Science & Engineering (BU WISE) specialty housing.

  • BU Undergraduate Research Program (UROP).

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University Services pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Extensive University support services:

  • Educational Resource Center

  • Office of Disability Services

  • Office of Residence Life

  • Center for Career Development

  • International Students and Scholars Office

  • University Service Center

  • Student Health Services,

  • Office of Judicial Affairs and Student Safety

  • Campus Ministries

  • SEP maintains collaborative relationships with all University Services.

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Parents/Guardians pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Parents are encouraged to communicate with students to support student academic and personal success.

  • Participate in Homecoming Weekend and attend SEP Advising Seminar.

  • Boston University Parents Program nurtures the BU spirit in home states/countries.

  • Parents value SEP’s “tough love” personal approach.

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Tablet pcs in mathematics measuring effectiveness
Tablet PCs in Mathematics: Measuring Effectiveness pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Small class sizes make it difficult to detect changes in performance.

  • Early Indicators:

    • Attendance

    • Instructor Evaluation

    • Course Management Website Use

  • Late Indicators:

    • Retention in STEM

    • Graduation

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Instructor evaluation and attendance data
Instructor Evaluation and Attendance Data pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Tablet vs. Non Tablet:

    • Instructor Evaluation- 4.66 vs. 4.83

    • Attendance improved- 99% vs. 96%

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Course website utilization
Course Website Utilization pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

FYE- February 2011


Change in course website utilization
Change in Course Website Utilization pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

FYE- February 2011


Student performance
Student Performance pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

FYE- February 2011


Student retention in stem
Student Retention in STEM pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

FYE- February 2011


The future
The Future pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Find better indicators of student performance and retention.

  • Improve simulations of challenging concepts.

  • Expand Tablet PC offerings.

  • Share technology for face-to-face and distance learning

    • GMS: Seminar in Clinical Research

    • GMS: Healthcare Emergency Management Courses

    • ENG: Circuit Analysis

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  • Challenges pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

  • Weak academic preparation and financial pressures.

  • Athletics, employment, ROTC, and other significant commitments impede academic success.

  • Discouragement due to rigor of programs.

  • Need to improve study and time management skills.

  • Lack of knowledge of STEM fields and career paths.

  • Faculty Recruitment.

FYE- February 2011


MET EK 100 SEP ADVISING SEMINAR pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

Sept. 11 How to Succeed as a Science or Engineering Major

Sept. 18 Establish Your Foundation for Learning

Sept. 25 CAS and ENG Departments: Treasures and Surprises

Oct. 12 Academic Skills and Strategies: Succeed and Have Fun

Oct. 16 Don’t Stress About It: Stress Management

Oct. 23 Study Math and Science Effectively: Hints from those

Who Know!

Oct. 30 College Majors and Careers: What is the Connection?

Nov. 6 University Challenges Presentations

Nov. 13 Real Career Planning: The Nuts and Bolts

Nov. 20 Career Exploration Assignment Presentations

Dec. 4 Your Next Steps at Boston University

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QUESTIONS?? pre-optometry, and pre-veterinary programs of study along with a science or engineering major.

COMMENTS??

FYE- February 2011


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