Suggested reading – new article from Mazur group at Harvard looks at student response data
During the Spring 2014 term, Eric Mazur gave a presentation at the University of Oregon and Kelly Miller was an invited speaker at our Journal Club.
In their recent article, the group analyzed classroom response system data coupled with student demographics. Three variables were selected for analysis; response time, student pre-course subject knowledge, and gender. Based on their findings, the group recommends that instructors end conceptual question classroom polls after 80% of the responses are received as they found that the final 20% of the responses were increasingly based on random guessing. Interested in the details of the study? Read the full article online.
Miller, K., Lasry, N., Lukoff, B., Schell, J., & Mazur, E. (2014). Conceptual question response times in Peer Instruction classrooms. Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research, 10(2), 020113. doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020113
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|Pine Mountain Observatory featured in Around the OThe research observatory is in the local news again and focus continues on the newly installed remote-controlled 14-inch telescope. The whole system, telescope orientation, focus, and exposure time along with the opening of the motorized, clamshell dome, can be controlled from the university campus.
The eventual goal is to take observational astronomy into the K-12 classroom. Armed with just a laptop and an ethernet connection, researchers and educators can work with K-12 students to observe the sun or other light sky objects in real-time.
Read more about Pine Mountain Observatory news in Around the O.
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|An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM TeachingThe course is an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. Topics include course design, cooperative learning, peer instruction, inquiry-based labs, problem-based learning, diversity in the classroom, and more. Although aimed at future STEM faculty, current STEM faculty will find the course interesting and useful, too.
Enrollment is now open. Register online.The course was designed by the CIRTL Network. It starts Monday 10/6/2014 and runs for seven weeks.The Science Literacy Program is happy to host a local group. Contact Elly Vandegrift if you are interested.Back to top
|Graduate student theater troupe is looking for a few more graduate students to join for 2014-2015
“Rehearsals for Life” is a project of the Office of the Dean of Students and the UO Graduate School. Utilizing scenario-based learning founded on the model of Theatre of the Oppressed and other applied theatre modalities, students develop interactive presentations for the campus community.
Approximately 2-4 hrs per week beginning Fall Term.
Rehearsals Fall Term will be Thursdays from 4-6pm. An orientation retreat will be held September 28 10am -2pm (Lunch Included). The troupe is looking for students willing to commit for an entire academic year. Participants receive a small stipend for participation each term.
Learn more about “Rehearsals for Life” on their website and YouTube channel.
Contact Abigail Leeder with questions or to request an application
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Boise State University
Assistant/Associate Professor of Science Education (tenure track)
In the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies
San Francisco State University
Two Biology Education Postdoctoral Fellowships
In the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory
University of New Orleans
Professor of Practice with a specialty in the science of teaching (non-tenure track)
In the biological sciences department
Three jointly appointed tenure-track assistant/associate/full professors
K-12 Integrated STEM Teacher Education Joint Appointments in College of Education and College of Science, College of Engineering, or College of Agriculture
- Physics Education: Joint appointment in the College of Education and the College of Science
- Engineering Education: Majority appointment/tenure home in the College of Engineering and a minority appointment in the College of Education
- Agricultural Education: Majority appointment in the College of Agriculture and a minority appointment in the College of Education
University of Minnesota
Up to five assistant professor positions (tenure-track) in Biology Education. Will consider hiring at the tenured associate level.
Department of Biology Teaching and Learning in the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development
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