This STEM Alliance meeting will focus on the “AAU Project”: Creating a Coherent Gateway for STEM Teaching and Learning at MSU. Click here to RSVP.
The project, funded by the Association of American Universities (AAU), focuses on promoting a culture at Michigan State University where teaching and learning are valued and rewarded. The primary mechanisms to enact this change are (1) helping disciplinary departments develop a shared vision for their gateway courses and (2) developing policies and structures to support and reward curricular improvements.
During the meeting, there will be a presentation providing an overview the AAU Project and the progress made over the first year towards transforming the gateway courses in biology, chemistry and physics. The transformation process engages disciplinary faculty in conversations about the important ideas of each discipline, the concepts that cut across disciplines (for example energy), and how that knowledge should be used (for example to model or explain phenomena). We have developed materials to help with this process, including a protocol to help faculty design assessments that blend all three dimensions – the 3D Learning Assessment Protocol (3D LAP). We will breakout by discipline and spend time constructing assessments aligned with 3D LAP. After sharing and discussing items in the large group, the meeting will end with a discussion on planning STEM Alliance meetings for the coming year.