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2021 EDSIN April Community Call

The Academic Data Science Alliance, an EDSIN network contributor, joined us to present on the work of ADSA's Ethics Working Group. They have been re-imagining the Data Science Lifecycle to incorporate ethical considerations into each stage of the data science workflow. Presentation was recorded on April 1, 2021. 

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Understanding COVID-19 Biology to Design a Vaccine

This multi-part case study introduces the reader to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, replication, and treatment. Additional worksheets introduce students to bioinformatics tools of 3-D protein visualization and BLAST searches.

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Towards a clearer understanding of student disadvantage in higher education: problematising deficit thinking

Abstract: The increased diversity in the student body resulting from massification poses particular challenges to higher education. This article engages the uncritical use of the ‘disadvantage’ discourse and its effect on pedagogy. It explores some of the challenges of coping with student diversity, with particular reference to the South African context. Students enter higher education institutions with a variety of educational backgrounds, not all of which are considered to be sufficient preparation for the demands of higher education. The dominant thinking in higher education attempts to understand student difficulty by framing students and their families of origin as lacking some of the academic and cultural resources necessary to succeed in what is presumed to be a fair and open society. This constitutes a deficit thinking model: it focuses on inadequacies of students and aims to ‘fix’ this problem. In the process the impact of structural issues is often ignored or minimised. Employing a deficit mindset to frame student difficulties perpetuates stereotypes, alienates students from higher education and disregards the role of higher education in perpetuating the barriers to student success. In the process, universities replicate the educational stratification of societies. This article suggests that we need to find more suitable responses to diversity in the student body. These require a change in our way of thinking: we need thoughtfully to consider the readiness of higher education institutions to respond to students and to cultivate the will to learn in students. We need to find ways to research the full texture of the student experience and to value the pre-higher education contexts from which students come. In addition, the notion of ‘at risk’ students

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From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality

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The “achievement gap” as a symptom of persistent social inequity has plagued American education and society for decades. The vast chasm in academic achievement has long existed along racial and poverty lines. Children of color and from low-income families have, on average, performed worse on virtually all indicators of academic success: standardized test scores, high school graduation rates, and college matriculation rates. This gap perpetuates the existing inequalities in society. Efforts to close the achievement gap have had little effect. The gap remains and has actually widened. This article argues the gap is symptomatic of the deficit-driven education paradigm. Fixing the traditional paradigm is unlikely to close the gap because the paradigm reinforce and reproduces educational and social inequity by design. To work toward more educational and social equity, we need to adopt a different paradigm of education. The new paradigm should work on cultivating strengths of individual students instead of fixing their deficits.

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Mentoring Through the Transitions: Voices on the Verge

Descriptions of how to support students through critical transitions in which culture changes (e.g., high school to college, community college to four-year institution). Collection of case studies and perspectives:

https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED592380.pdf

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Sample iNaturalist assignment for intro bio

This is my assignment using iNaturalist in an intro bio lab class to characterize biodiversity on Campus. Please feel free to adapt and use as you like :) 

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Resource list for inclusive teaching in STEM (HHMI)

Resource related to DEI and inclusive teaching.

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The Human Microbiome Biodiversity in Health and Disease

The students will analyze the human gut and vaginal microbiomes in healthy and diseased states using diversity of bacteria as determined by 16SrRNA sequence.

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Investigating human impacts on stream ecology: locally and nationally

TIEE Module- How does nutrient pollution impact stream ecosystems locally and nationally? This is an adaptation of the module that includes statistical testing and links sections to a lab report writing.

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podcasts and vodcasts

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Educator guides: designing the future

Some great examples of authentic products aimed at environmental engineering

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Sample assignments types

Lots of examples EIS statements, websites public service announcements and more

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Yeti or not: Do they exist?

Through this 4-part bioinformatics case study, students will be led through the forensic analysis of putative Yeti artifacts based on published findings.

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ISKME's open educational practices rubric

"This rubric defines a set of open educational practices that help educators to advance a culture of open education, and to advocate for the potential benefits of open educational resources (OER) in the context of continuous improvement." 2017 by Megan Simons. 

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Universal Design for Learning Theory and Practice

CAST's book on UDL - a deeper look at its history and applications. Online access to the book is free with an account. 

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UDL progression rubric - where are you at now?

Rubric to help you see where you lie along the continuum of UDL best practices. Novak & Rodriguez 2018.

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UDL guidelines from CAST - the canonical source

A graphical organization of Universal Design for Learning guidelines, which you can burrow into to explore each component. 

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UDL Observation Measurement Tool

This article describes an instrument used to measure UDL implementation (instructor fidelity). UDL (and I'd say other frameworks we've looked at) are incredibly difficult to operationalize. Or decide what "counts." It doesn't really touch student success, but operates on the understanding that UDL is based on research that improves student success. 
 

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STEM OER Accessibility Framework and Guidebook

This framework, developed by ISKME in partnership with SERC, provides a practical reference for curators and authors of STEM OER, with 23 accessibility criteria, or elements, to reference as they curate, design and adapt materials to be accessible.

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DO-IT Center Resources

Several links to guides and lists of resources for accessible teaching from the DO-IT Center out of the University of Washington.

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Accessibility Toolkit

The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students.

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WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

WAVE is an accessibility evaluation tool from WebAIM. Just enter a url into the tool and WAVE will provide you with a report of adherence with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and suggest changes for improvement. 

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Designing Accessible OERs with POUR

Links to a Google slide presentation by CAST representatives on designing accessible Open Educational Resources. 

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The growing importance of data literacy in life science education

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How UDL Can Support Your Transition to Online Teaching

Crowd-sourced table of online teaching practices that align to the UDL guidelines specific to the affective network

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