OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.
Journal Club

Our plan for this week has changed somewhat. On Thursday, we will have a teaching showcase in which Prof. Raghu Parthasarathy of the Department of Physics will give us a window into the non-majors courses he teaches and the methods he uses.  To prepare, please consider reading:

Parthasarathy, R. (2012). Cars and Kinetic Energy—Some Simple Physics with Real-World Relevance. The Physics Teacher50(7), 395-397. http://aapt.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1119/1.4752039

On Friday, we initially planned to have Prof. Kelly Sutherland talk about her courses, with an emphasis on implicit bias and the implicit association assignment she gave her students.  However, it happens that on Friday the Division of Equity and Inclusion will be hosting Benjamin Reese, the vice president and chief diversity officer for the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University, who will be leading a forum and two workshops about implicit bias.  Following Kelly’s gracious suggestion, we will postpone her teaching showcase and instead encourage people to attend one of Prof. Reese’s events.  For more information and to RSVP, please visit http://around.uoregon.edu/content/implicit-bias-focus-next-uo-african-american-workshop.

We will meet in 217 LISB (Lewis Integrative Sciences Building) at 9:00 am on Thursday.

Julie and Phil

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SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications is ongoing. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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NW Regional Learning Assistant Workshop

You are invited to attend a two-day interactive workshop on the implementation of Learning Assistants (LAs) in undergraduate classrooms. LAs are trained undergraduates who work with faculty to facilitate peer discussions, in-class activities, and out-of-class learning. Held June 28-29 on OSU’s Corvallis campus, participants will gain insight and practical knowledge regarding program creation, mentoring, and support of LAs.

In addition to a revamped, two track program, the workshop will include opportunities to attend:

  • A meet-and-greet with workshop facilitators and other LA implementers,
  • A panel with learning assistants from OSU about their experiences,
  • A chance to observe LAs in the classroom, and
  • A panel with faculty members about on-the-ground challenges and possibilities.

Please visit the website for more information and to register.

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The Flame Challenge

What is a flame? Sleep? Color, sound, or energy? These were questions asked by students around 11 years old and answered by real scientists. The responses were  then judged based on clarity by 5th and 6th graders around the world.

So now we want to know, what questions do you have for the scientists? Submit your question now for the chance to see it answered in The Flame Challenge!

The deadline for questions is Wednesday, May 24.

Winners of the 2017 Flame Challenge will be announced atThe World Science on Saturday, June 3Learn more about our finalists, or purchase tickets here.

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NSF ESPRIT Program

The new NSF ESPRIT program provides a combination of courses, seminars, summer research experiences, scholarships and graduate stipends leading to certification as a science teacher through the UOTeach Program. The program is recruiting up to 4 rising juniors or seniors with a serious commitment to becoming science teachers, to do summer pre-Teaching Research Experiences (pTRE’s) this summer, with an attached $4,000 stipend.

The program is holding information sessions on Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 at 4:30pm in the Science Library VisLab.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017
NW Regional Learning Assistant Workshop
The Flame Challenge
NSF ESPRIT Program
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 8 Spotlight:

Students who participate actively in their classes retain material better than those who passively listen to lectures. See the evidence for yourself in this paper from the education research group of Nobel prizewinner Carl Wieman. It has become a classic of the active learning literature.Deslauriers, L., Schelew, E., & Wieman, C. (2011). Improved learning in a large-enrollment physics class. Science332(6031), 862-864. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/332/6031/862

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Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Completing a Quality Review of Your Online Course

In this session, instructional designers from the UO Libraries Center for Media and Educational Technologies will go through the final review of an online course. You will be guided through an assessment program such as Quality Matters or the Online Learning Community Quality Scorecard.
The session will be held on Wednesday, May 24 1:00-3:00pm in Knight Library 41.

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Graduate Student TEP Teacher-Scholar

TEP seeks a graduate student teacher interested in pedagogical method and the scholarship of teaching and learning to join its staff next academic year as its Graduate Student Teacher-Scholar. As a full member of TEP’s team, the GE will observe and help lead workshops and consultations; consider ways for TEP to enhance its support for all GEs through its Graduate Teaching Initiative; and have the chance to help with small-scale research projects into the teaching and learning culture on campus.
Applications are due Monday, June 5. More information can be found here.

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“Beyond the Skills Gap” Video Presentation

In case you missed it, Dr. Matthew Hora’s presentation is now archived on the STEM CORE YouTube channel. Click here to go directly to “Beyond the Skills Gap: Preparing College Students for Life and Work” presented by Dr. Hora.

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