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New and Noteworthy:


A video of Southeast PULSE Institute participants is now available ...

...check out the impact of PULSE !!! :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARNrCdzwzzw


A call for papers for a special issue on "broadening participation in the life sciences" has been placed by CBE - Life Sciences Education (LSE; http://www.lifescied.org/). For information on submitting papers for this special issue, see: 

Call for manuscripts on broadening participation in the life sciences


Now Recruiting for the 2015 Northwest PULSE Workshop October 2-4, 2015 in Seattle, WA

The Northwest PULSE Fellows are recruiting schools and life science programs from the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming  to participate in the 2015 Northwest PULSE Community of Practice Meeting in Seattle, WA during the weekend of October 2-4, 2015.   An invitation letter with details about this meeting and the Northwest PULSE Community of Practice can be found here, and if you would like application materials please follow this link.  Applications are due by June 30, 2015. 

The department transformation stories of the 29 current members of the NW PULSE Community of Practice can be found on the Northwest Community Map.


Several V&C-based Online Training Programs have recently become available:

  • Finding and evaluating electronic resources to use with students
  • Effectively using electronic resources in student-centered learning
  • Applying the core concepts and competencies of Vision and Change in Science Education to existing classroom materials
  • Finding and evaluating existing resources and resource collections centered around Vision and Change
  • Furthering their professional development by participating in an online community
  • An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching - This free, online, seven-week course explores effective teaching strategies for college or university STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) classrooms. The course, beginning October 6, will draw on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 22 research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM graduate students and post-docs as future faculty members. Although intended for postdocs and junior faculty, the course could be of great benefit to senior faculty interested in transforming their pedagogy.

Recent Publications of Interest (also see PULSE Member Publications):

  • Achieving Systemic Change. This sourcebook by The Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education 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.
  • Biocore Guide: A Tool for Interpreting the Core Concepts of Vision and Change for Biology Majors, CBE Life Sci Educ June 2, 2014 13:200-211; doi:10.1187/cbe.13-12-0233. Using a grassroots approach to incorporate feedback from more than 240 biologists, the authors have taken the core concepts of Vision and Change and created the BioCore Guide—a set of general principles and specific statements that expand upon the core concepts, creating a framework that biology departments can use to align with the goals of Vision and Change.

2015 Gordon Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research

A new Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research will be held July 12-17, 2015 at Bates College in Maine.  More information on this meeting can be found in this flyer.  

 

PULSE Community Stories of Change Map is Now Live

Is your Department or Institution looking to start the process of Curricular Transformation, or are you far along your own unique path to improving student learning outcomes and retention in the Life Sciences?  Wherever you are, you can now visit the new PULSE Community Stories of Change Map for inspiration, motivation, and new connections to others in the PULSE Community who are engaged in similar efforts.  This interactive map contains stories of Departmental change from across the United States and Canada, and from all major institution types (Community Colleges, Liberal Arts, Regional Comprehensives, and Research I).  Many of these brief stories contain additional materials that you can access to help catalyze your local and regional efforts.  As your transformation yields measurable results for your students, we hope that you will consider sharing your unique story so that the PULSE Community can continue to grow together!

New Videos about Scientific Communication in the Public Sphere

The PULSE Fellows would like to call the Community's attention to a series of new videos on YouTube about scientific communication and how scientists can help guide the public in scientifically-informed decision making.  The documentary is called UpStream and all four chapters can be accessed through this link: Upstream Video.  Each chapter is 7-8 minutes long and they overall address how scientists can effectively engage (or in many cases, don't) with the public regarding controversial issues.

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 May 15th, 2014 and will be updated on a regular basis as the PULSE Community grows. Network away!

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.

 

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Call for papers on Broadening Participation in the Life Sciences

Started by Erin Dolan May 14. 0 Replies

CBE - Life Sciences Education (LSE; http://www.lifescied.org/) is pleased to announce a call for manuscripts for a themed issue on broadening participation in the life sciences. Please see the attached call…Continue

Three critical conversations about flipped learning article by Robert Talbert

Started by Jung Choi. Last reply by Ana Maria Barral Apr 1. 1 Reply

This blog post by Robert Talbert suggests starting 3 related, but key conversations in response to common student questions or complains about the flipped class.…Continue

Tags: classroom, flipped

Become a mentor with the new American Society for Cell Biology Mentorship in Active Learning and Teaching (MALT) program

Started by Michael Wolyniak Feb 3. 0 Replies

Colleagues-      The American Society for Cell Biology has introduced the Mentorship in Active Learning and Teaching (MALT) program to promote the formation of long-term mentorships that can spread the Vision and Change recommendations to new…Continue

Greatest Challenges to the Implementation of the Vision and Change Recommendations

Started by Sharon Gusky. Last reply by Sharon Gusky Apr 20, 2014. 12 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

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Free Online Content

Posted by Lara on May 8, 2015 at 2:39pm 0 Comments

Smart Sparrow Adaptive eLearning Platform has partnered with Inspark Education Network to provide free online lessons in various STEM fields. You can:

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How Do Textbooks Need to Change?

Posted by Dan (A. Daniel) Johnson on January 7, 2014 at 11:59am 2 Comments

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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Transforming the laboratory exercises into research experiences

At UPR-Cayey we are trying to substitute the traditional recipe-type laboratory exercises with research projects that have the elements of scientific inquiry.  One idea is to identify and define two or three semester-long research projects that are easy to do in terms of cost-effectiveness, materials, etc. Students would work in groups of 4-5 and present their results in a seminar at the end of the semester.  There would be lab meetings, article discussions, etc.We plan to pilot-test this idea with two lab sections (approx. 16 students each) of General Biology I next year (2013).  Among the challenges we may face are how to scale-up, the nature of the projects, integration with the lecture, and assessment, among others.Any ideas, comments and suggestions are welcome.  See More
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Call for papers on Broadening Participation in the Life Sciences

CBE - Life Sciences Education (LSE; http://www.lifescied.org/) is pleased to announce a call for manuscripts for a themed issue on broadening participation in the life sciences. Please see the attached call for additional information. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit a brief abstract (250 words or less) to the guest editors for this themed issue, Pat Marsteller (pmars@emory.edu) and Kenneth Gibbs (kgibbsjr@gmail.com), by September 1, 2015. Manuscripts submitted by January 15, 2016 will be guaranteed full consideration. If you have questions about this issue, please contact the guest editors or Editor-in-Chief, Erin Dolan (edolan@austin.utexas.edu).See More
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"CBE - Life Sciences Education (LSE; http://www.lifescied.org/) is pleased to announce a call for manuscripts for a themed issue on broadening participation in the life sciences. Please see the attached call for additional information.…"
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