Programs: Inquiry and Active Learning
The STEM Center of Excellence for Active Learning sponsors projects that promote and advance the pedagogy of active learning to improve the persistence of STEM students.
Funded Projects: Tiered and Peer Mentoring
Historically, a large number of students under-perform in the sciences, specifically in introductory science courses (Johnson, 2014). In response to this widespread knowledge of the challenges students experience in these beginning courses, we redesigned our introductory biology, chemistry and student success courses so that they promoted the development of stronger cognitive skills, learning strategy use, and student engagement. Despite some improvement in the cognitive processing of our students, we have not seen a measurable improvement in student achievement and persistence within our curricula. At another point along the science spectrum, even upper level students within our Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology programs tend to experience challenges with ....(Read More)
Classroom Redesign: Math and Science Emporium and SCALE UP
One of the major project activities for the STEM Center was to renovate two existing classroom/laboratory spaces into Mathematics & Science Emporium and SCALE-UP laboratories, for instruction for 12 re-designed mathematics & science gatekeeper courses. The first phase of this project involved renovating a 2,750 square foot area room on the second floor of Marteena Hall to create the Mathematics & Science Emporium teaching laboratory. This interactive teaching environment includes 10 modular hexagon workstations each equipped with six thin-client terminals with wired network connections, three high-resolution projectors with drop-down screens, two smart boards, a network printer, and two white boards. Both projectors and smart boards are controlled by....(Read More)