Oct 18 2011

STEM BreakThru: 1st Annual Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning Conference

Category: Practice BreakThru,STEM BreakThruadmin @ 7:50 pm
October 12, 2011

Dear Colleague:

You are invited to attend the 1st Annual Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning Conference on March 9, 2012, at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.  The Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning Conference is sponsored by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Georgia Southern University will organize and host a one-day conference for faculty and graduate students in the Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning. The target audience for the conference is STEM faculty and graduate students from all University System of Georgia colleges and universities as well as private higher education institutions within the state. Participation will be sought from among individuals in arts and sciences units as well as education units whose work involves the advancement of STEM teaching and learning. This conference complements and extends the very successful 5th annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CTLS) held on the campus of Georgia Southern University.

The Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching and Learning currently seeks proposals for review which meet the criteria established by the Conference Committee for presentation at the 1st annual conference. This conference is limited to 175 participants, and there is NO registration fee!

The seven umbrella themes of Project Kaleidoscope will serve as organizers for conference strands.
1. Institutional Transformation (exploring what works in engaging people, policies and practices that make it happen)
2. The Human Infrastructure (exploring what works in nurturing STEM leaders, at all career stages)
3. The Physical Infrastructure (exploring what works in shaping spaces that support 21st century STEM learning)
4. The Academic Program (exploring what works in undergraduate STEM courses, from the very first courses for all students through capstone courses for majors)
5. The Pedagogical Tools (exploring what works in designing, implementing and assessing teaching approaches that have an impact on student learning)
6. The State Context (exploring the social and political context for attending to the quality of undergraduate learning in STEM fields)
7. The 21st Century Student (exploring the nature of current and emerging generations of students).

The conference will bring attention to the importance of learning support and remediation to student success in STEM courses across Georgia’s institutions of higher education. Ultimately, the Conference will provide space for showcasing and discussing the varied work ongoing at participants’ institutions to advance STEM teaching and learning and serve as a channel for extended learning opportunities accessible through web-based resources.

We will kick-off our conference on Thursday, March 8 at the Statesboro Holiday Inn with registration beginning at 6:00 PM and ending at 9:00 and a reception from 6:30 until 9:00 PM.  Poster setup will begin at 7:45 AM on Friday, March 9, 2012. The main conference program will begin at 8:00 AM on March 9, and end at 4:45 PM, so please plan to arrive on March 8, 2012.

Accommodations

A room block has been reserved at the following hotel in Statesboro for STEM Conference attendees.

Holiday Inn Statesboro South
455 Commerce Dr.
Statesboro, GA 30461
912.489.4545
912.489.4546 (fax)

The STEM Conference rate is $77.00 Visit the Holiday Inn Web Site to make reservations. The group code  is “STE.”  Enter this code when making the reservation to get the discounted rate.  The Reservation cutoff date is February 7, 2012.

Attendees will be responsible for covering the cost of their hotel accommodations and travel expenses.  Conference meals will be provided.  However, there will be some “conference travel scholarships” available.  Please contact Joy Darley for details.

To register for the conference, and to submit your proposal abstract, please access the following link: http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/stem.html

 

The Georgia Scholarship of STEM Teaching & Learning Conference is sponsored by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

University System of Georgia, Board of Regents, Creating a more educated Georgia

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Sep 28 2011

STEM BreakThru: If Engineers Were to Rethink Higher Ed’s Future

Category: Practice BreakThru,STEM BreakThruadmin @ 1:40 pm

Great post published on The Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday by Jeffrey Selingo. For the original article, vist The Chronical of Higher Education by clicking here.

If Engineers Were to Rethink Higher Ed’s Future

September 27, 2011, 10:27 pm

By Jeffrey Selingo

Walk into a college president’s office these days and you’ll probably find a degree hanging on the wall from one of three academic disciplines: education, social sciences, or the humanities and fine arts. Some 70 percent of college leaders completed their studies in one of those fields, according to the American Council on Education.

You’re unlikely to discover many engineering degrees. Just 2 percent of college presidents are engineers.

Yet, when we think of solving complex problems, we normally turn to engineers to help us figure out solutions. And higher education right now is facing some tough issues: rising costs; low completion rates; and delivery systems, curricula, and teaching methods that show their age.

So what if engineers tackled those problems using their reasoning skills and tested various solutions through simulations? Perhaps then we will truly design a university of the future.

That’s the basic idea behind Georgia Tech’s new Center for 21st Century Universities. The center is officially described as a “living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education,” but its director, Rich DeMillo, describes it in terms we can all understand: higher-education’s version of the Silicon Valley “garage.” DeMillo knows that concept well, having come from Hewlett-Packard, where he was chief technology officer (he’s also a former Georgia Tech dean).

Applying the garage mentality to innovation in higher ed is an intriguing concept, and as DeMillo described it to me over breakfast on Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus Wednesday, I realized how few college leaders adopt its principles. Take, for example, a university’s strategic plan. Such documents come and go with presidents, and the proposals in every new one are rarely tested in small ways before leaders try to scale them across the campus. After all, presidents have little time to make a mark before moving on to their next job.

In a garage, “the rules are different,” DeMillo explains to me. “Universities are set up to hit near-term goals. Few are thinking about what the university should look like years down the road.”

DeMillo already has a number of projects in the pipeline, including a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and a TechBurst competition where students create short, sharable videos on particular concepts, and the university as a whole is thinking of others. One favorite of Georgia Tech’s president, Bud Peterson, is X-College, which would allow students to essentially design their own degree programs focused on “grand challenges” facing society. It would also allow faculty members to experiment with learning techniques and the semester calendar itself. In keeping with the test-and-learn philosophy, Peterson wants it to start small, perhaps with 50 honors students next fall.

Georgia Tech’s center offers a unique opportunity to experiment in an industry not known for taking risks. At a kickoff event for the center on Wednesday, I moderated a wide-ranging discussion with some leading thinkers on the future of higher ed, and among my questions was this: If you had a chance to run this center, what one project would you put on its agenda?

Among the ideas I found most interesting:

Public research on the common questions. One way for public universities to reassert their relevancy is to focus on public research on big common questions facing society.

Create incubators. It’s difficult for policy makers and campus leaders to get their heads around abstract concepts of the future. Bring ideas to life in small ways, and show how they can work.

Improve social engagement. So-called softer skills are more important than ever as technology limits face-to-face interaction. Figure out ways to embed leadership, social, and global skills in everyday curriculum.

Interactive learning. Remove teachers from being the center of all knowledge. Learning no longer happens with the teacher in front of a roomful of students taking notes. Find richer, more active ways of learning.

Stop teaching subjects. Teach students how to diagnose problems starting in kindergarten and then give them the knowledge to get better at it. Helping students solve problems teaches them how to think.

Revamp the college admissions process and office. Jonathan Cole, a former provost of Columbia University, said the smartest people on campus should work in admissions, and that includes faculty members. “They need to get involved in who is living in this house,” he said. Right now, admissions is too tied to test scores, and “we’re getting boring, one-dimensional students,” he said.

So if you had a chance to run this center, what ideas would you put on its agenda?

For the original article, vist The Chronicle of Higher Education by clicking here.

Jeffrey Selingois editorial director of The Chronicle of Higher Education. On Next, he shares insights on news and trends in higher education.

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Sep 01 2011

Virtual Learning BreakThru: Virtual Valencia — The Second Life Classroom

Category: Practice BreakThru,Technology BreakThruadmin @ 12:16 am

Valencia Community College has crafted a virtual university in Second Life that mirrors its brick and mortar campus. The virtual campus offers students a unique and immersive educational experience. Watch the video above to learn how students are taking field trips to 1800′s France or The Louvre without ever leaving Central Florida.

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Aug 27 2011

Accessibility BreakThru: Blended Reality

Category: Accessibility BreakThru,Practice BreakThruadmin @ 12:20 am

Face-to-Face classrooms meet virtual learning environments. The two modes of learning do not have to be mutually exclusive, look how one classroom is blending the two mediums to create a rich learning environment for students that are present in the Face-to-Face classroom and students logging in virtually.

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Aug 22 2011

STEM BreakThru: MATH + SCIENCE = SUCCESS Small Grants Program

Category: BreakThru News,Practice BreakThru,STEM BreakThruadmin @ 10:38 pm

UGA Office of STEM Education

Dear STEM Colleagues:

The Office of STEM Education announces Round 2 of the STEM Mini-Grant Request for Proposals.
Up to $9,000 per proposal is available for projects which improve the instruction and enhance the success of students taking undergraduate STEM courses. Because of a successful round of awards this summer, it is anticipated that 5-6 proposals will be funded in Round 2.

The submission deadline is September 16, 2011.

Click here to download the RFP packet.

Click here to download the Budge Template.

Please forward to UGA STEM colleagues who may be interested.

For questions, please contact:

Dr. Charles Kutal
Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences
ckutal@uga.edu
706-542-0012

Nancy Vandergrift
Office of STEM Education
vandergr@uga.edu
706-542-3499

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Aug 22 2011

Resource: Read2Go App and BookShare

Read2Go Screenshot

Read2Go is an accessible DAISY book ereader for iOS. From within the app, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership, as well as read DAISY books from other sources. The app gives you full control over visual choices for font size and color, background and highlighting color, and text-to-speech preferences. Read2Go features word-by-word highlighting for multi-modal reading. For more information on the Read2Go App, click here.

Have you read the August 2011 BookShare Newsletter yet? The Read2Go App is highlighted and other great resources on how to make print more accessibile to students with disabilities is covered.

Click here to read the newsletter.

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Jul 13 2011

Technology BreakThru: What impact will Google+ have on the classroom?

Category: Practice BreakThru,Technology BreakThruadmin @ 9:48 pm

Great crowdsourced presentation collaboratively created by educators, practitioners, and researchers. Interesting insights into how social media impacts the classroom and facilitates virtual learning.

Want to add your thoughts to the presentation? Click here. to join the discussion.

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Jun 27 2011

Accessibility makes “cents”

Category: Accessibility BreakThru,Practice BreakThruadmin @ 3:28 pm

IBM Accessibility Lab is driving innovation in realm of accessibility, which for many of us in the field of disability resources makes sense; however, the business world is taking note as these advancements also add dollars and “cents” to an organization’s bottom line.

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Jun 21 2011

STEM Education has a marketing problem?

“Science has a serious marketing problem” -Larry Page, Google co-founder.

How would Google market STEM? Play the video below to see how Google is supporting STEM education through the introduction of the Google Lunar X Prize.

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Jun 21 2011

A STEM Education, Tools to Change the World

A STEM Education, Tools to Change the World

Energy Secretary Steven Chu and business leaders discuss how, with an understanding of Science and Math, individuals are shaping the world we live.

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