SLP Newsletter Spring 2014 – Week 7

In this week’s newsletter we have the following announcements:

1) SLP Teaching Journal Club – reading for week 7
2) Using music to teach science
3) Two former Graduate SLP Fellows advance to state competition
4) TEP Talk – ‘Activating’ Undergrad Education with the JSMA, MNCH, and Special Collections – Monday 5/12 3:30-5:00
5) STEM CORE meeting – Tuesday 5/13 12:00-1:30
6) Eric Mazur lecture followed by SLP-hosted reception – Wednesday 5/14
7) STEM CORE hosts Dr. Kemi Jona of Northwestern University – Two lectures on Monday 5/19
8) Physics Colloquium about demonstrations and flipped classes – Thursday 5/22
9) TEP workshop ‘Technology Platforms for …Creating’ – Friday 5/22
10) 39th International Conference on Improving University Teaching – registration open
11) Sexual Violence Response and Prevention Resources


1) Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club – Reading for Week 7

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will start a two-week exploration of the use of demonstrations in science classes. This week Stan Micklavzina, Senior Instructor in Physics and the Physics Department’s director of instructional resources (demo room dude), will lead us through several demonstrations and talk about how to use them effectively in class. To prepare for our meeting, please read:

Effectiveness of a Classroom Chemistry Demonstration Using the Cognitive Conflict Strategy, M. Braddock and R. Bucat, Int. Journal of Sci. Educ., 300:8, (2008) 1115-1128. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09500690701528824#.U3Ejm61dU7c)

You can download a PDF of the article here

Next week we will host Kelly Miller, a graduate student in Eric Mazur’s group at Harvard University who studies how best to use demonstrations to teach, not just entertain. Kelly will also be giving the Physics Colloquium (Physics Education Research and Practice; From Lecture Demonstrations to the Flipped Classroom. Thursday, May 22 at 4:00 pm in Willamette 100)

As always, we will have two sessions to choose from:

  • Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP
  • Friday 2:00pm in LISB 317 facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We hope to see you there!
Elly and Julie

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2) Using music to teach science – a Mother’s Day song and lyrics from our Week 6 Journal Club meetings

Since yesterday was Mother’s Day, we thought we would include ‘A Biologist’s Mother’s Day Song‘ from Oregon-born NPR reporter, Adam Cole.

Wondering what we came up with at our last Journal Club meeting? In Week 6, we tried creating lyrics to illustrate science concepts. We spent 20-30 minutes working in small groups and you can see some of the lyrics in our Week 6 follow-up section.

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3) Two former Graduate SLP Fellows advance to state competition

Congratulations to Three Minute Thesis winner Win McLaughlin (center) and runner-up Ruth Siboni (right) who will next compete in the state-wide competition.  Both graduate students are former SLP Fellows.  Great work!

For more information see the story on the SLP website.

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4) TEP Talk – ‘Activating’ Undergrad Education with the JSMA, MNCH, and Special Collections – Monday 5/12 3:30-5:00

THIS MONDAY, 5/12, 3:30-5:00pm
Knight Library Browsing Room

Join us for a rare coming together of UO’s museums and Library Special Collections: we’ll look at model assignments that get students into the museum and archive, and shift them into active roles as researchers, archivists, and explorers. Two students are among the presenters, as are a great group faculty, and experts from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Special Collections.

Come to get a sense of intriguing ways faculty have worked with these units and to ask with us how we can “activate” undergraduate education.

To register, send an email to tep@uoregon.edu

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5) STEM CORE meeting – Tuesday 5/13 12:00-1:30

Date: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: Hedco Education Building 230T (Click here to see the campus map)
Agenda: See attached

Coffee and refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

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6) Eric Mazur lecture followed by SLP-hosted reception – Wednesday 5/14

Join us for ‘Why You Can Pass Tests and Still Fail in the Real World’ a conversation with Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, who is visiting UO as part of a national tour promoting his new textbook.

After the lecture, join us for a reception and opportunity to further explore student engagement and assessment.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Lecture Location: Willamette Hall Room 100
Lecture Time: 4:00 – 5:20pm with refreshments in the Willamette Hall Atrium at 3:40

Reception Location: Willamette Hall Room 240D (Oregon Center for Optics Conference Room)
Reception time:  5:30-6:30pm
RSVP for the reception is requested, but not required.

Abstract: Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to produce a meaningful change in education.

The Science Literacy Program has read several articles from the Mazur group in our journal club which are available on the bibliography page of our website (see Mazur 1996, Crouch and Mazur 2001, and Crouch et al. 2004).

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7) STEM CORE hosts Dr. Kemi Jona of Northwestern University – Two lectures on Monday 5/19

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: Pacific Hall 11, University of Oregon
Title: “The Case for University Partnerships to Support K-12 STEM Education and Outreach”
This presentation is of special interest for UO administrators and science and education faculty.

Presentation Abstract: Universities have an important role in supporting high quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach. In this talk Dr. Jona will discuss the rationale for an institutional strategy and the benefits that accrue to it. A range of strategies useful in creating effective partnerships to support faculty and K-12 students and teachers are illustrated with specific examples of programs offered by Northwestern University.

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: Esslinger Hall 112, University of Oregon
Title: “Models for K-12 STEM Partnership Programs”
This presentation is of special interest to the broader UO community with a stake in STEM education.

Presentation Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Jona will share examples and discuss successful elements of K-12 STEM Partnerships involving Northwestern University and industry partners. STEM community members representing K-12, educational nonprofits, industries, and agencies are encouraged to attend.

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8) Physics Colloquium about demonstrations and flipped classes – Thursday 5/22

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 5:00
Location: Willamette Hall Room 100
Title: “Physics Education Research and Practice; From Lecture Demonstrations to the Flipped Classroom”
Speaker: Kelly Miller of Harvard University

This talk will discuss both recent research on the efficacy of physics lecture demonstrations as well as the implementation of a “flipped class” in the context of introductory physics curricula. Research has shown that roughly one out of every five observations of a demonstration is inconsistent with the actual outcome. Furthermore, correct observation of a lecture demonstration appears to be related to how well a student understands the underlying physics concept before being shown the demo. These findings, as well as the role of prediction-making in demonstration pedagogy will be discussed in more detail.

Recent trends towards flipped classrooms raise interesting questions regarding the teaching of physics to large introductory classes. The implementation and logistics of Applied Physics 50, a new flipped, ‘studio style’ physics class at Harvard, will be discussed. This course combines best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop team and problem solving skills as well as a solid conceptual understanding of physics.

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9) TEP workshop ‘Technology Platforms for …Creating’ – Friday 5/22

When: Friday, May 23, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Knight Library Proctor 42 (Note: Room change)
To register email tep@uoregon.edu

Facilitator: Robert Voelker-Morris, Teaching Effectiveness Program

This hands-on workshop will introduce UOBlogs, screen capture software, and other platforms for multimedia textual production meant to get students “creating” and help faculty assign sophisticated analytical, research, or writing tasks.

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10) 39th International Conference on Improving University Teaching – registration open

The 39th International Conference on Improving University Teaching intends to address both the risks and the benefits of classroom connectedness. July 23-25, 2014 University of British Columbia.

Registration is open and the early-bird rates have been extended through May 16th.

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11) Sexual Violence Response and Prevention Resources

In light of recent events, we want to share information about resources available to our campus community. Much of the information below was shared with the Teaching Effectiveness Program by the Composition Program. We have included some additional information, but want to thank the programs that put the initial information together.

  • The Center on Diversity and Community(CoDaC) is available to all teachers for support and problem solving if classroom conflicts arise around this issue.  Its staff has expertise in difficult dialogues and aggression and micro-aggressions in the classroom. You can reach them at 6-3212.
  • The Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP) is available for individual consultations to discuss classroom dynamics and building class community. You can reach them at tep@uoregon.edu or 6-2177.
  • The Sexual Violence Response and Support Services Coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students is available to provide support to any student who has experienced any form of sexual harassment or assault, or who is triggered by information or events. This office works with students to provide services and support, including helping students access health and counseling services, academic accommodations, legal protective orders, housing accommodations, and more. You can reach them at 6-8194.
  • The Counseling and Testing Center offers confidential support, evaluation, and counseling for students experiencing personal difficulties as a result of having experienced an incident of sexual harassment or assault. Professional counseling staff with experience in trauma response and healing are available to assist students with personal counseling.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students has a new website (safe.uoregon.edu/) that provides information useful to both survivors and to faculty or others working with survivors.
  • The Dean of Students has produced an information pamphlet, “Help for Students – A Guide for the University of Oregon Community,” that is available for download.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Education offers a comprehensive list of community and campus resources.
  • Safe Ride provides free shuttle service to university students, faculty, and staff with an alternative to walking alone at night, relying on others to take them home, or being stuck in a potentially dangerous situation. To use Safe Ride, call 541.346.RIDE extension 2.

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