The STEM Accelerator in the College of Science at Mason has a history of offering seminars about STEM education, including presentations about discipline-based education research (DBER). This is an interdisciplinary forum through which faculty interested in science education can join in discussions regarding effective education. Such a forum is vital for sharing successes and pedagogical challenges across disciplines.
For Fall 2016, the STEM Seminar meet once per month, on the following dates and times. All interested faulty and students were invited to attend.
- Tuesday 9/27/16, 12:30-1:30pm, EXPL 3301
- Reid Schwebach, “Developing a bioinformatics curriculum at Mason.”
- Tuesday 10/25/16, 12-1pm, EXPL 3301
- Ben Dreyfus, “Teaching energy in physics, chemistry, and biology: Is energy a bridge or a barrier?”
- Tuesday 12/6/16, 12-1pm, EXPL 3301
- Rebecca Jones, “Improving student performance in chemistry: A comparison of Learning Assistants and the tutoring center”
Faculty and student attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Each seminar will have time for questions and discussion.
Example presentation abstract:
The explosion of teaching pedagogies over the past 5 years has challenged the traditional lecture model and with good reason. Coupled with modern technology this challenge extends beyond metrics of student performance and ventures into the responsibilities of the modern university educator. In the fall of 2013, GMU opened the first Active Learning Technology (ALT) classroom which housed several classes exploring these novel methods of teaching. Preliminary results show the ALT learning environment is a highly effective method for teaching undergraduate physics 160, university physics. Specifically, grades are higher, failure rates are lower, and student’s progress more rapidly to improve their grades. In addition, non-metrics (e.g., attendance, participation, attitude, confidence, etc.) are higher in the ALT classroom comparing traditional lecture when active and mobile learning approaches are used.
Jill Nelson and Dasha Gerasimova, Using SIMPLE in cross-disciplinary teaching, 2/24/16
John Schreifels and Sharon Becker, Flipping a large general chemistry class, 4/20/16
For more details, please contact Rebecca Jones via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.