PULSE: The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education

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About PULSE

New and Noteworthy:

PULSE Community Overview is Now Live

Do you want to network with other PULSErs in your region committed to changing the practices of undergraduate Life Sciences education? Then the  PULSE Community Overview is for you. This is a new Google Map that shows the location of each institution in the US with at least one member in the PULSE Community. The map can be found on the right hand side of the PULSECommunity.org site by going to "PULSE RESOURCES" and then PULSE Community Overview. The map gives the membership of the site as of January 1st, 2014 and will be updated on a regular basis as the PULSE Community grows. Network away!

Several articles about or mentioning PULSE have appeared recently:

PULSE is mentioned in a recent, featured article, Vision and Change in the Biology Community: Snapshots of Change, by Vasaly, et al. (CBE Life Sci Educ vol. 13 no.1: 16-20   2014).

See page 17 of the December 2013 GARNish newsletter, a UK plant biology periodical.

A description of the PULSE Vision and Change Rubrics appeared in the December 2013 issue of CBE: Life Sciences Education.

New Department Evaluation Rubric is available.

In addition to the PULSE Vision and Change Rubrics (below), a shorter, Department Evaluation Rubric that has been employed in recent workshops is now available. See the Strategic Planning section of the Online V&C Toolkit.

PULSE Vision and Change Rubrics

The PULSE Vision & Change Leadership Fellows are pleased to release the PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics v1.0.

The PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics articulate fundamental criteria for evaluating the level of adoption of the principles of Vision and Change in life science departments. The rubrics can provide a structure for departmental reflection and discussion regarding topics relevant to program transformation. Ultimately, the rubrics are intended to serve as the basis for a tiered certification program for undergraduate life science departments that have adopted some or all of the principles outlined in the Vision & Change report and a blueprint for change in departments that have not yet adopted those principles.
 

Please use and share the rubrics, send us feedback for improvement, and contact us with any questions (contact information is included on the document cover page).  When the Rubric Instruction Manual and PULSE Vision & Change Certification Program are completed we will share those as well.

You may download the rubrics here: PULSE Vision & Change Rubrics v1.0.pdf. Also, you may see how the rubrics can fit into a general strategic planning process in the Strategic Planning section of the V&C Online Toolkit. More information is found on the V&C Certification page.

This PULSE Community Website

This website (NING) has been set up for members of the PULSE community (that's you) to exchange ideas with one another, provide insights and feedback to the Fellows, and share & explore resources as we revolutionize undergraduate life science education together.

We've tried to make the site easy to navigate. However, should you need help figuring things out please see the video tutorials (available in the VIDEOS in the column to the right) for information on:
  • Participating in a discussion
  • Changing your email settings
  • And much more...



... Or contact us for technical support at Support@PULSEcommunity.org.  Thank you.

 

Forum

Greatest Challenges to the Implementation of the Vision and Change Recommendations

Started by Sharon Gusky. Last reply by Paul Arriola 22 hours ago. 9 Replies

What do you see as the greatest challenges to the implementation of the Vision and Change recommendations for introductory biology courses?   How have you tried to address these challenges?Continue

Online Biology: Opening Pandora's MOOC

Started by Mark Farmer. Last reply by Dr Henry Furneaux Oct 20, 2013. 5 Replies

At the risk of opening Pandora’s box I want to raise the topic of online introductory biology courses for majors.Like many of you we are receiving inquiries from our administration about developing online courses to serve as alternatives to our…Continue

Vision and Change Questionnaire - Through October 10th

Started by Akif Uzman Oct 6, 2013. 0 Replies

Many of you may have already seen this letter to biology educators but in case you have not, there are a few days left to participate in a survey collecting the community's thoughts on the core concepts for the five broad areas discussed in the 2009…Continue

Faculty Networks - Webinar Update

Started by Costa Michailidis. Last reply by Deb Scheiwe Aug 16, 2013. 21 Replies

On Thursday, May 16th at 2:00pm Eastern Time, join Faculty Networks for a live webinar update. Sharon Gusky, Jo Anne Powerll-Coffman and Gina Semprebon will be briefing you on progress and taking your questions, input and feedback.Simply reply to…Continue

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Vision and Change Recommendations

Started by Sharon Gusky. Last reply by Dr. Debra Costa-Nino Jun 7, 2013. 5 Replies

What Vision and Change recommendations have you incorporated in your courses?Continue

What barriers to focusing on student-centered learning do you face?

Started by Sharon Gusky May 25, 2013. 0 Replies

Which of the student-centered features are you unable to incorporate and why?Continue

Blog Posts

How Do Textbooks Need to Change?

Posted by Dan (A. Daniel) Johnson on January 7, 2014 at 11:59am 1 Comment

I attended the DC meeting that led to the 2011 Final Report, and was amazed at the energy in the community. Now that we have some roadmaps and general strategies, it's time to tackle the specific barriers to student learning. One that is…

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Advancing Health – The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine Certification)

Posted by Austin Richerd on October 22, 2013 at 2:30am 0 Comments

The American College of Sports Medicine imposes strategic efforts that puts into practice the advancement of health of every individual. Such that, as the largest sports and exercise science organization, ACSM…

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V&C Rubrics

Posted by A. Malcolm Campbell on July 21, 2013 at 5:59pm 1 Comment

I just took a look at the rubrics and I am very impressed. This is the type of practical documents that departments can use. 

Kudos to the authors. 

I also like the effort to get certification program going. Let me know if you are…

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Who are you connected to?

Posted by Aristotle on May 27, 2013 at 8:29am 0 Comments

The 2 foundations of a great network are the connectors (the people who link people together) and the links themselves.

I thought it would be interesting to show how people are already connected within the PULSE…

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AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: Chronicling the Changes- Abstract from Taking the Pulse

Posted by Sandra L. Romano on February 14, 2013 at 10:22am 0 Comments

Taking the Pulse: Development of a certification program to recognize life science departments implementing the recommendations of the Vision and Change Report

The 2011 report, ‘Vision and…

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AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: Chronicling the Changes-- Abstract from Spreading the Pulse (V&C Ambassadors)

Posted by Gary Reiness on February 12, 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Ambassadors for Curricular Change

A multi-year planning process produced the 2011 report, ‘Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action’ that advocated for a…

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