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Navigating Proposal Writing and Implementation of an NSF S-STEM Grant Program: Reflections as a First-Time PI
Recruitment and retention issues are an increasing concern to many institutions nationwide, most especially in regard to underrepresented minority (URM) students enrolled in STEM. It is, therefore, incumbent upon colleges and universities to...
Proposal writing Grant management NSF S-STEM
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Preparing Student Study Guides through Peer Collaboration in the Technological Era
Incorporating active learning exercises into large lecture courses is particularly challenging, especially when it comes to examination preparation materials. Traditionally, study guides are used as a tool to guide student learning and review...
active learning Discussion Study Skills
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How Many Squirrels Are in the Shrubs? A Lesson Plan for Comparing Methods for Population Estimation
Estimating the population sizes of animals is a key skill for any student interested in ecology, conservation, or management. However, counting animals in natural habitats is difficult, and the many techniques that exist each rely on assumptions...
population ecology wildlife management population estimation sciuridae Squirrel-Net
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Lateral Transfer Maps as a Metacognitive Tool in First Year STEM Courses
We introduce the Lateral Transfer Map (LTM), a tool for students to actively and visually explore the transfer of ideas, skills, and concepts across concurrent coursework. The LTM is an extension of a concept map, replacing interconnected concepts...
concept map metacognition first-year student transfer
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Starting Conversations About Discrimination Against Women in STEM
Many scientists know about — and experience — discrimination against women. In this professional development lesson, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other career scientists brainstorm ways to intervene and support...
identity racism Gender discrimination Intersectionality Microagressions Sexism Sexual assault Sexual harassment Trolling
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Exploring the Broader Impacts of Science and Society in an Active Learning Environment
Science and society have always been intertwined. Today, scientists are increasingly encouraged to interact with the public by conducting transparent and participatory engaged scholarship, as opposed to the prevailing one-way transfer of...
active learning society Science Communication science Broader impacts Public engagement
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Training future faculty in 30 minutes a week: A modular framework to provide just-in-time professional development to graduate teaching assistants
Despite increasing recognition of the need to train the teaching assistants (TAs) teaching the majority of STEM lab sections, very few programs report offering sustained teaching professional development opportunities. Here we present a year-long,...
professional development TA Training Teaching Assistants
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BioMap Degree Plan: A project to guide students in exploring, defining, and building a plan to achieve career goals
Traditional college students begin their academic journey with a variety of ideas about the careers they might ultimately pursue. Some students have always known what they want to do, some have ideas about possible careers, while others have never...
Career Exploration Co-curriculars Degree Planning
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Learning Frameworks Aid Goal-oriented Course Design
As a new instructor it can be hard to know where to begin. Thankfully, CourseSource's learning frameworks (https://www.coursesource.org/courses) shaped my approach to teaching as a first year instructor. The frameworks, which include learning...
backward design learning goals course design
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Resources for Assessing Educational Interventions in Biology at the Collegiate Level
Most scientific research is judged based on the quality of controlled experiments and carefully analyzed results. In addition, proper levels of regulation in terms of biosafety and animal usage are a routine part of the scientific research process...
research assessment pedagogy learning gains IRB regulatory compliance
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The Lecture-Free Classroom: Teaching students backward design and Bloom's Taxonomy to create their own learning environment
We describe Presentation Enhanced Learning (PEL), a flexible, lecture-free, field-tested teaching format to promote problem-based, active learning in upper-division or graduate biological sciences courses.  PEL may be implemented as a single,...
active learning backward design Problem based learning Bloom's Taxonomy