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Pelletreau, Karen N.; Knight, Jennifer K.; Lemons, Paula P.; McCourt, Jill S.; Merrill, John E.; Nehm, Ross H.; Prevost, Luanna B.; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Smith, Michelle K. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
Helping faculty develop high-quality instruction that positively affects student learning can be complicated by time limitations, a lack of resources, and inexperience using student data to make iterative improvements. We describe a community of 16 faculty from five institutions who overcame these challenges and collaboratively designed, taught,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Models, Academic Achievement, Active Learning
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Eaton, Carrie Diaz; Highlander, Hannah Callender – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Calculus is one of the primary avenues for initial quantitative training of students in all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, but life science students have been found to underperform in the traditional calculus setting. As a result, and because of perceived lack of its contribution to the understanding of biology, calculus…
Descriptors: Calculus, Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Curriculum Design
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Lewin, Justin D.; Vinson, Erin L.; Stetzer, MacKenzie R.; Smith, Michelle K. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
At the University of Maine, middle and high school teachers observed more than 250 university science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes and collected information on the nature of instruction, including how clickers were being used. Comparisons of classes taught with (n = 80) and without (n = 184) clickers show that, while…
Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, STEM Education
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Batz, Zachary; Olsen, Brian J.; Dumont, Jonathan; Dastoor, Farahad; Smith, Michelle K. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2015
The high attrition rate among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors has long been an area of concern for institutions and educational researchers. The transition from introductory to advanced courses has been identified as a particularly "leaky" point along the STEM pipeline, and students who struggle early in…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, Peer Teaching, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Michelle K.; Vinson, Erin L.; Smith, Jeremy A.; Lewin, Justin D.; Stetzer, MacKenzie R. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2014
At the University of Maine, middle and high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers observed 51 STEM courses across 13 different departments and collected information on the active-engagement nature of instruction. The results of these observations show that faculty members teaching STEM courses cannot simply be…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Teachers
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Smith, Michelle K.; Jones, Francis H. M.; Gilbert, Sarah L.; Wieman, Carl E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
Instructors and the teaching practices they employ play a critical role in improving student learning in college science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. Consequently, there is increasing interest in collecting information on the range and frequency of teaching practices at department-wide and institution-wide scales. To…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Classroom Observation Techniques, College Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Maloney, Mark; Parker, Jeffrey; LeBlanc, Mark; Woodard, Craig T.; Glackin, Mary; Hanrahan, Michael – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2010
Recent advances involving high-throughput techniques for data generation and analysis have made familiarity with basic bioinformatics concepts and programs a necessity in the biological sciences. Undergraduate students increasingly need training in methods related to finding and retrieving information stored in vast databases. The rapid rise of…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Undergraduate Study, Information Science Education