The Bio-MAPS Project is now recruiting schools to participate in a pilot study:
As part of a multi-institution biology education research team, we are constructing a general biology programmatic assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to measure students’ understanding of core concepts in biology at multiple time-points in the curriculum. As part of the development process, we are recruiting a diverse set of institutions, including community colleges and primarily undergraduate serving institutions, to pilot this general biology assessment. The purpose of this pilot is to collect data on the quality of the questions being designed. If your institution is interested in piloting this assessment, please contact Christian Wright at email@example.com. He will provide you with more information about the assessment piloting process and answer any questions you might have.
The Bio-MAPS (Measuring Achievement and Progress in Science) assessment team:
Sara Brownell, Christian Wright (Arizona State University)
Brian Couch (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
Alison Crowe, Scott Freeman (University of Washington)
Jenny Knight, Kate Semsar (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Michelle Smith, Mindi Summers, Darlene Trucotte (University of Maine)
Several V&C-based Online Training Programs have recently become available:
14 Institutions and Departments from the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming have been selected to participate in the 2014 Northwest PULSE Community of Practice Meeting in Seattle, WA. Information about this meeting and application materials can be found here. The 14 new members of the NW PULSE Community of Practice can be found on the Northwest Community Map here.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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