March 1, 2011
Engage students in STEM courses with an inquiry-based assignment
Want to increase student engagement in your STEM course? Consider adopting an inquiry-based activity in your course. Inquiry-based activities present a scenario, problem, or question to students who then propose potential solutions and design some or all of the research methodology that will contribute to a solution or answer to the question. The exploratory nature of inquiry-based assignments differs from many traditional laboratory exercises that are designed to demonstrate an established scientific explanation and produce one correct answer if students follow procedures correctly. In contrast, inquiry-based projects frequently produce a variety of acceptable solutions.
If you have created an inquiry-based module for an introductory-level science course that produces successful student learning and engages students with your discipline, consider submitting your activity for consideration for the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. The editors of Science recently established an annual prize to recognize and disseminate outstanding, inquiry-based interactive science education modules. Submissions must provide complete instructions on how to implement their module. Modules that are easily portable, require only modest resources (supplies, equipment, specialized expertise) are preferred. The module must contain no copyright restrictions. Individuals who develop winning teaching resources will be invited to describe their inquiry-based teaching module in an essay that will be published in the journal Science.
Rules of eligibility are posted on the web site for the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction.
Applications for the first round of evaluations are due April 15, 2011
If you have questions about whether your module is eligible for a Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction, direct them to Dr. Melissa McCartney at email@example.com.
October 19, 2010
Maintain momentum on your research through collaborations with faculty and students
Balancing the demands of teaching, research, and service can be difficult at a regional comprehensive university, where faculty teach more courses than colleagues at a research-intensive university. Finding the time and resources to develop a research program can be especially challenging. Several resources are available to faculty at UWF that will help you establish and maintain a productive research program:
Each fall, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs facilitates a CUTLA Faculty Friday on finding funding for research. The current workshop is scheduled for Friday, October 22, 2010. Details and reservations for this workshop are on the CUTLA calendar.
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