Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 – Week 4

Journal Club

For Thursday, we will continue with our work on Chapter 4: Quantitative Methods from Discipline-Based Education Research: A Scientist’s Guide, by S. J. Slater, T. F. Slater, and J. M. Bailey. Before Thursday, please read about four statistical tests that we will use in our session. Wikipedia seems to have the information you will need for the session.
1. Point-biserial-correlation coefficient for item discrimination
2. Cronbach’s alpha for internal consistency of test questions
3. Gain, normalized student gain, average normalized gain (use this instead of wikipedia
http://www.uccs.edu/lbecker/gainscore.html)
4. T-test

Also look at your favorite statistical analysis package to see if it has these tests already built in.

Please contact Julie Mueller or Heather Borland for a PDF copy of this week’s chapter.


For Friday, we will take a field trip the UO Museum of National and Cultural History to explore ways that the museum could be integrated into a course. Please read two articles and meet at the lobby of the UO MNCH

Chesebrough, D.E. (2014) University-Science Center Partnering in Ohio.
http://www.informalscience.org/perspectives/blog/university-science-center-partnering-in-ohio
(December 15, 2014).

Bamberger, Y., & Tal, T. (2007). Learning in a personal context: Levels of choice in a free choice learning environment in science and natural history museums.Science Education, 91(1), 75-95.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1002/sce.20174/asset/20174_ftp.pdf?v=1&t=i5ed2tda&s=9e0bb660bfde197980dfe0f4e0ef80f567ac1a6b

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP and Elly Vandegrift, SLP
– Friday 12:00pm MNCH facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie and Elly

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Planning Midterm Assessments

This is Week 4 of the term, and a great time to plan a midterm assessment of how things are going in your class. TEP recommends asking students a few simple questions, with perhaps a few others to address issues specific to your course. Consider asking these questions with an online survey (e.g. through Blackboard):

– What’s working well in the course and helping you learn?
– What constructive suggestions do you have for improving the course?

Once students have completed the survey, thank them and talk about the results in class, even if you won’t be implementing any of their suggestions! This makes the students realize that you actually care what they think, predisposing them to evaluate you favorably in the future. The conversation also makes it more likely that you will follow through on any planned changes. For details on how to implement the survey, please see the TEP website Midterm Feedback page.

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Carl Wieman Science Education Seminars and Reception

Expertise in Physics and How it is Best Learned and Taught
Physics Department Colloquium
Thursday, 2/5/2015
4:00-5:00pm
100 Willamette Hall

Science Teaching Journal Club – meeting with Carl Wieman
Science literacy Program
Friday, 2/6/2015
12:00 – 1:00pm
240D WIL – OCO Conference Room
Lunch will be provided –
This meeting is full. Contact the Science Literacy Program if you want to be added to the wait list.

Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education
Science Literacy Program Lecture
Friday, 2/6/2015
3:00-4:00pm
182 Lillis

Reception with Carl Wieman
Friday, 2/6/2015
4:00-5:30pm
Gerlinger Hall Alumni Lounge

For more information about each talk, see our Events page.

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Career Opportunities

** Do you have job opportunities for positions related to science education that you would like to share? Send them to us at scilit@uoregon.edu. **

If you are interested in science education postdoctoral or faculty positions, here are a few resources.

Physics Education –
http://perjobs.blogspot.com/

Biology Education –
http://saber-biologyeducationresearch.wikispaces.com/
Jobs+&+Positions+in+Science+Ed

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Planing Midterm Assessments

Carl Wieman Science Education Seminars and Reception

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Application Deadlines


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Teaching Effectiveness Program
Wednesday 2/11/2015
11:00am – 12:15pm
122 Knight Library

Click here for more information about the workshop. To register email tep@uoregon.edu.

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Active Day of Learning
University of Washington Biology Education Research Group (BERG)
Tuesday 2/24/2015
9:50am – 2:30pm
University of Washington

What is active learning? What does it look like in a large lecture hall? What are some of the hurdles to implementing active learning? What resources on active learning are available?

Space is limited. Please RSVP here by February 17.

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Blended Courses: Combining Online with Face-to-Face Instruction
Teaching Effectiveness Program
Friday 2/27/2015
2:00 – 3:30pm
Proctor 42 Knight Library

Click here for more information about the workshop. To register email tep@uoregon.edu.

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Application Deadlines:

Apply to be an ASM 2015-2016 Biology Scholar
For Faculty

Application Deadline -February 1, 2015.

Learn more about the program and apply to the Biology Scholars Program.

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2015-2016 Williams Council Call for Instructional Proposals
For Faculty

Application Deadline -February 6, 2015.

The application is available at the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education website. The website also has information on the goals of the Williams Fund and on instructional projects that have been funded by the Williams Council since its founding in 1995.

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PKAL Summer Leadership Institute
For Faculty

Application Deadline -February 10, 2015

Applications for NEW Leadership Oregon 2015 are open. If you have any questions regarding the program contact Mariana Lindsay at 503.725.2895 or at cwlinfo@pdx.edu

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2015 NEW Leadership Oregon – Summer Residential Program
For Undergraduate Students

Application Deadline -February 16, 2015

Applications for NEW Leadership Oregon 2015 are open. If you have any questions regarding the program contact Mariana Lindsay at 503.725.2895 or at cwlinfo@pdx.edu.

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CAS Scholarships and Fellowships
For Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Application Deadline -February 23, 2015

Visit CAS for more information on each scholarship’s criteria, average award amounts, and a link to the online application. If you have any questions please contact the College of Arts and Sciences by email at scholarships@cas.
uoregon.edu
or by phone at 346-3950.

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Communicating Science Workshop
facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
Thursday – Friday
5/14-5/15/2015

Application Deadline –
March 1, 2015

Additional information about the Center and Workshop is available on our Events page.

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2015 Mobile National Academies Summer Institute
Monday – Friday
6/22-6/26/2015

Application Deadline –
March 15, 2015

Additional information about the institute is available on our Events page.

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