AAU ALL-STEM Fellowships for Faculty and Graduate Students
The Division of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a new fellowship available in 2017 to faculty who teach large, first-year STEM courses.
The 2017 AAU ALL-STEM Fellowship will provide training to eight STEM faculty members who are interested in adding a small amount of active learning to their lecture time. The goal is to generate 5-10 minutes of organized and effective group work per class. Sample projects include ONE of the following:
- Creating more complex clicker questions, plus increase the amount of organized small-group discussion about the questions.
- Creating short (8-10 min) small-group assignments for students to answer in Canvas during the middle of class
- Creating daily in-class worksheets that requires students to draw or diagram a problem for 5 minutes, then take a photo and upload to Canvas during class.
- Creating short pre-class reading quizzes for students to learn basic content, plus a short in-class group assignment.
The training will be focused on helping faculty create effective activities that are simple to “grade” and generate opportunities for you to talk to your students as they struggle with problem-solving in class.
In addition, up to eight STEM graduate students can partner with the faculty to complete a small research project assessing the effectiveness of that teaching.
AAU ALL-STEM Faculty Fellows will:
- Attend an introductory 1.5 hour workshop in Summer 2017 to learn about evidence-based STEM teaching and plan a small course redesign that has a goal of adding ten minutes of active learning to each lecture day
- Create the new materials needed for the active learning (with possible support of their AAU ALL-STEM Graduate Student Fellow)
- Return for a second 1.5 hour feedback session in September 2017 with the other Faculty Fellows for discussion of the new materials
- Use the new teaching materials the next time they teach the class
- If desired, develop a working partnership with a graduate student in their department who is interested in completing a small education research project
- Present the course redesign and teaching experience at the ALL-STEM campus conference the following year
Faculty Fellows will receive $700 upon completion of their course redesign, and $700 upon presentation of their experiences teaching the redesign at the ALL-STEM campus conference.
AAU ALL-STEM Graduate Student Fellows will:
- Develop a working partnership with a faculty member who is teaching a large, difficult STEM course in their discipline
- Attend the two workshops, and help create the new materials for the course redesign
- Work with the TLRC Director as needed to create an assessment for the redesign and develop a plan to implement the assessment
- Carry out the assessment associated with the new active learning components
- Present the assessment at the ALL-STEM campus conference the following year
Graduate Student Fellows will receive $500 upon completion of the course redesign and submission of their assessment plan. They will receive another $500 upon presentation of their assessment results at the ALL-STEM campus conference. Graduate students who complete the project may apply for a CIRTL Practitioner Level.
All faculty and graduate students will receive free consultation as desired on their redesign from the Teaching and Learning Research Center.
For more information and the link to the application, please contact Adrienne Williams, Director of the Teaching and Learning Research Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org