Science Literacy Program Newsletter

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
Free seven-week, online course

The course is designed to provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the STEM disciplines who are planning college and university faculty careers with 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, we expect that current STEM faculty will find the course interesting and useful, too.

Enrollment is now open. Register online.

The course, that starts on October 6th, was produced by faculty, students, and staff at six institutions affiliated with the CIRTL Network, a group of research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM graduate students and post-docs as future faculty members.  Lead instructors are Trina McMahon (UW-Madison), Rique Campa (Michigan State), Bennett Goldberg (Boston U), and Derek Bruff (Vanderbilt U).

The course is designed to support local learning communities of future (and current) STEM faculty. CIRTL will provide suggested discussion questions and activities for local learning communities to use during weekly meetings, and the communities in turn will be asked to share their ideas and perspectives with the global learning community created by the course.

The Science Literacy Program is happy to host a local group. Contact Elly Vandegrift if you are interested.

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SLP Needs Volunteers for Science Open House
Wednesday 9/24/2014
Willamette Hall Atrium

The purpose of the event is to help connect community families to STEM outreach programs on and off the UO campus.  Public attendees  will include K-12 children and their parents as well as educators in the community.

SLP will have a table at the open house and we will need volunteers to work at the table and help the students and their parents experience an awesome science activity! We are going to repeat the Fireworks in Milk activity because it was super fun for everyone last year.  We’ll need several volunteers for shifts during the time to make it a success.

To volunteer, contact Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program

The Science Open House is sponsored by the Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE)  and funded through STEM CORE.


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Pilot Teacher Consulting Opportunity: CCR Task Bank Project

Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) is currently in search of 11th-12th grade high school and undergraduate course college instructors from across the country to pilot a set of performance tasks in 13 subject areas this fall for the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Task Bank project. The goal of this project is to create a set of high-quality instructional tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards and freely available to educators.

Please find attached a brochure listing the requirements for participation along with along with brief descriptions of the available tasks. The instructors will receive a $250 stipend for their participation in the pilot. Instructors who are interested in participating should begin by completing the online survey.

If you have any questions, contact Rachel Frakas by email or at 541.246.2664.

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Suggested reading – new article from Sara Eddy of U. Washington on the efficacy of moderate-structure courses to increase student achievement

We have highlighted several studies showing how Active Learning increases student learning. For the most part, these studies look at the student population as a whole. How does Active Learning impact different student groups? Sarah Eddy and Kelly Hogan report their findings.

Eddy, S. L., & Hogan, K. A. (2014). Getting Under the Hood: How and for Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work? Cell Biology Education, 13(3), 453–468. doi:10.1187/cbe.14-03-0050
Available online.

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on this study. Read the article here.

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AccessScience seeks contributions to their online general science reference repository.

From AccessScience:
“Do you have a specific area of teaching expertise that you’d like to share with your colleagues? If so, AccessScience would like to invite you to contribute to the world’s most trusted online general science reference.”

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In This Issue:

Free MOOC on STEM Teaching

SLP Needs Volunteers for Science Open House

Pilot Teacher Consulting Opportunity

Suggested Reading

Contribute to

Science Reference Repository

Upcoming Events:

TEP training programs for new faculty and graduate teaching fellows
9/15/2014 – 9/25/2014

Every year, the Teaching Effectiveness Program offers teacher training to all UO instructors and graduate students. While these trainings focus on those who are new to the university or teaching for the first time, the TEP welcomes any instructor or graduate student who would enjoy attending—the large-class and technology sessions may be of particular interest even to experienced faculty.

Registration is required, but there is no cost for the training workshops that run September 15-25.

For more information, see TEP’s Teacher Trainings page and register online.

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Active Learning in Large Classrooms – oxymoron or opportunity?
Tuesday 9/16/2014
Knight Library Room 41

The UO Committee for Academic Infrastructure invites you to join us for a public presentation and discussion about active learning.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
10am – 11am – public presentation by Dr. Lennie Scott-Webber

11am – 11:45 –discussion moderated by Kenneth Doxsee, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Chair, Committee for Academic Infrastructure

Read the abstract and learn more about Lennie Scott-Webber, PhD here.

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OMSI’s Science Pub Eugene
Thursday 9/18/2014
199 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR

This month features Dr. Eric Corwin’s talk Jammed Particulate Systems

View the event details

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Free webinar about Lecture Capture
Tuesday 9/23/2014
11:00-12:00 PDT

Improving Student Engagement and Performance with Lecture Capture Analytics

Lectures recorded, classrooms flipped, students engaged – what’s next? The University of Ottawa masters the art of lecture capture, adds student engagement into the technology mix and begins to uncover the advantages of active learning technologies through learner analytics.

Register online for the free webinar.

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STEM CORE monthly meeting
Wednesday 9/24/2014
Lokey Education Building Room 119

Mark your calendars.

If you have items to add to the agenda, please contact Bryan Rebar.

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Unpack the Quack
Thursday 9/25/2014

UO Housing is still recruiting volunteers and greeters to help Unpack the Quack, a great way to meet new students and their families and welcome them to the UO.  More information and the sign up form are avalable online.

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Disability Studies Forum
Thursday 10/30/2014

The University of Oregon¹s Second Annual Disability Studies Forum is coming up on October 30, 2014!   We are looking forward to having a great event this year and welcoming Rosemarie Garland-Thompson to our campus.

Keynote Luncheon featuring Prof. Garland-Thomson’s speech from 11-1 at the Ford Alumni Center -RSVP to by October 15

Community Conversation from 3-5 pm in Gerlinger Lounge.

For more information, see the event post.

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