LSC Webinar - Implementing an AAU STEM Initiative: Integrating Renewal of How and Where Learning Happens

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

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  • Linda Slakey, Senior Advisor for the Association of American Universities (AAU) STEM Initiative and Senior Fellow for Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)/Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). 

University of Arizona Facilitators:

  • Gail Burd, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • John Pollard, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Chemistry
  • Jane Hunter, UA AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Project
  • Robyn Huff-Eibl, University Libraries

Background on Featured Project

  • AAU STEM Initiative  
    In 2011, The Association of American Universities announced that it would undertake a five-year initiative to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at its member institutions. The overall objective of the STEM Initiative is to influence the culture of STEM departments at AAU universities so that faculty members are encouraged to use teaching practices proven by research to be effective in engaging students in STEM education and in helping students learn.
  • Classroom Innovation video 
    Paul Blowers, University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona, pilots the experimental Collaborative Learning Space, actively engaging students on the road to academic success.

Resources from the Field

  • Achieving Systemic Change: A Sourcebook for Advancing and Funding Undergraduate STEM Education - The Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education
    The sourcebook is the result of a two-day workshop held in 2013 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The workshop, organized by the Coalition and supported by funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, brought together representatives from foundations with STEM experts and members of key higher education associations to discuss how best to effect systemic change in order to achieve widespread and sustained transformation of undergraduate STEM education. The sourcebook is intended as a useful resource for all who have a stake in creating STEM solutions for US society. It addresses the rationale for investing in systemic change throughout higher education, identifies critical areas for investment, and provides pointers to key reports and current STEM education reform efforts.