Biomedical and Physical Sciences (BPS) Building, Room1425
Valerie Otero, Professor of Science Education, University Colorado Boulder, and Executive Director, Colorado Learning Assistant Program and International Learning Assistant Alliance is the featured speaker for this workshop on Learning Assistants. As your LA program grows (and it will), you will need help managing it. LA Campus is a centralized sstem for faculty course proposals, student applications, data collection, and data downloads. It connects and facilitates communication among faculty, department coordinators, program coordinators, and students. Learn the benefits (and challenges) of centralizing your LA program and how LA Campus software can help!
Facility for Rare Isotopes (FRIB) Auditorium and Lobby
Registration open to attend and poster presentation: The STEM Education Alliance invites you to attend and participate in a series of events focused on undergraduate learning assistants (ULAs) in STEM courses. The featured speaker will be Valerie Otero, Professor of Science Education, University Colorado Boulder, and Executive Director, Colorado Learning Assistant Program and International Learning Assistant Alliance. Dr. Otero will give a research talk on Thursday, December 6th, followed by a poster session. We invite members of the MSU community to present posters on ULA programs, the use of ULAs in curricula, or research related to ULAs. In addition to the Thursday session, Dr. Otero will lead a workshop on ULA program implementation and management, which will feature LA Campus software, a centralized system for ULA program management on Friday, December 7th.
FRIB Auditorium 640 South Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI 48824
We hope you can join us for the STEM Education Alliance Spring Meeting which will highlight the transformation of gateway physics courses and the vision for introductory physics education at MSU. Multiple presenters from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will describe their exciting lecture and laboratory course transformation efforts. The meeting will feature short individual and panel presentations with time for questions and discussion. Like previous STEM Alliance meetings, the goals are to improve communication, start conversations, and facilitate collaborations across campus. See agenda below.
It is becoming ever clearer that new and innovative educational efforts are required to facilitate the greater creativity, flexibility, and increased learning capability needed for post-secondary education in the future. Unfortunately, rapidly rising undergraduate fees and textbook costs are serious factors impeding access to higher education for many students; many of which do not have the funds to benefits from these new advances that are often commercialized.
Carl E. Wieman, co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak as part of the STEM Alliance Fall meeting, co-sponsored by the Leveraging Engagement and Vision to Encourage Retention in STEM (HHMI-LEVERS) and the CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU. Dr. Wieman has done extensive experimental research in atomic and optical physics. His current intellectual focus is on undergraduate physics and science education. He has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences, and recently served as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The topic of Dr. Wieman's talk will be “Taking a scientific approach to the learning and teaching of science.”
"Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science and engineering have advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, the learning and teaching of these subjects meanwhile has remained largely medieval. Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to learn, teach, and evaluate learning than what is in use in the traditional college class. The combination of this research with information technology is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science and engineering education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science and engineering learning and teaching, where the data is the most compelling, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely".
This event is free and open to the public; please register here.