PULSE Online Resources - Frequently Asked Questions

Using PULSE Resources to Help Answer Potential Department Questions*

1.      Vision and Change

     A.      How can we get access to the Vision and Change Document?

          i. Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action (2011)

     B.      What are the Vision and Change Recommendations?

          i. There is a link to the Full document in the Tool Box under documents : V&C Document (http://visionandchange.org/files/2011/03/Revised-Vision-and-Change-Final-Report.pdf)

          ii. Here is a link to the Executive summary (http://visionandchange.org/files/2011/03/VC-Brochure-V6-3.pdf)

          iii. Introduction to Vision and Change Online Workshop (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/introduction-to-vision-and-change). This unit has a summary of the recommendations

          iv. see Brownell, et al. (2014) 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.

     C.       Why are these recommendations needed?

          i. Transform the leaky STEM pipeline into a diverse watershed of STEM graduates: powerpoint

     D.      Why should we adopt these recommendations?

          i. Why change is Needed online workshop http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/why-change-is-needed

          ii. BIO2010 document link in the Tool Kit

          iii. Wood,W., Innovations in Teaching Undergraduate Biology and Why We Need Them,  Annu. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol. 2009. 25:9311 (http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.cellbio.24.110707.175306?url_ver=Z39.882003&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&journalCode=cellbio)

          iv. see other literature in the Papers and Active Learning sections of the Online Toolkit

     E.       How do we know these recommendations will work for our institution?

          i. See the literature links in the two Online workshop Students centered teaching units http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/characteristics-of-student-centered learning and http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/student-centered-learning)

          ii. Integrating Vision and Change Into a Biology Curriculum at a Small Comprehensive College By Stacey L. Raimondi, Tamara L. Marsh, and Paul E. Arriola http://digital.nsta.org/article/Integrating+Vision+and+Change+Into+a+Biology+Curriculum+at+a+Small+Comprehensive+College/1676244/203577/article.html

          iii. see other literature in the Papers and Active Learning sections of the Online Toolkit

2.      Transformed Departments

     A.      What does a transformed department look like?

          i. The PULSE Vision and Change Rubrics v2.0 outline the characteristics of a full transformed department 

    B.      How can we go about developing a plan for transformation?

          i. PULSE Framework For Change (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/pulse-framework)

     C.       We did a self-assessment using the rubrics but what do we do next?

          i. PULSE Framework For Change (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/pulse-framework)

          ii. Online Tool Kit: Strategic Planning (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/strategic-planning)

          iii. Online Workshop:Transforming Departments (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/departmental-transformation)

     D.      Are there examples of transformed departments?

          i. PULSE Community Stories of Change  (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/group/raising-the-pulse/page/local-impact-map-alternative)

          ii. Online Workshop: Examples of institutional Transformation (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/examples-of-institutional-transformation

     E.      Have other institutions adopted the V&C recommendations? What were their experiences/results?

          i.  Vision and Change in the Biology Community: Snapshots of Change. Helen L. Vasaly⇑, Jason Feser*, Matthew D. Lettrich, Kevin Correa, and Katherine J. Denniston  http://www.lifescied.org/content/13/1/16.full

          ii. Integrating Vision and Change Into a Biology Curriculum at a Small Comprehensive College By Stacey L. Raimondi, Tamara L. Marsh, and Paul E. Arriola (http://digital.nsta.org/article/Integrating+Vision+and+Change+Into+a+Biology+Curriculum+at+a+Small+Comprehensive+College/1676244/203577/article.html)

     F.        How can we connect with other faculty/departments that are working on incorporating the V&C recommendations?

          i. PULSE Community Overview (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/group/raising-the-pulse/page/pulse-community-overview)

          ii. Members (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/profiles/members/)

          iii. Regional Networks: Faculty Network Group

          iv. Forums and Blogs

3.      Professional Development

     A.      Where can I find professional development workshops for faculty?

          i. Events (Current and Past)

          ii. Societies Organizations (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/organizations)

          iii. PULSE Fellows Local Impact Map (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/group/raising-the-pulse/page/local-impact-map)

     B.      How can we as a department provide professional development training for faculty who cannot attend outside workshops/conferences? ie adjuncts, post-docs, TAs

          i. Online Workshop

          ii. Online V&C Toolkit

          iii. Resources for Faculty Developers

          iv. Departmental Activities (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/departmental-activities)

4.      Incorporating V&C recommendations

     A. What resources are available to help us incorporate the V&C recommendations?

          i.  Core Concepts and Competencies

               a. Biocore: Brownell, et al. (2014) 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.

               b. Tools for mapping core competencies

          ii.  Student-Centered Learning

               a. Online Workshop: What is Student-Centered Learning (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/student-centered-learning)

               b. Online Workshop: Nine Characteristics of Student-Centered Learning (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/characteristics-of-student-centered-learning

               c. Armbruster, P., Patel, M., Johnson, E., and M. Weiss. (2009).Active Learning and Student-centered Pedagogy Improve Student Attitudes and Performance in Introductory Biology. CBE Life Sci Educ. 8, 203-213.

          iii.  Active-learning

               a. Online Workshop http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/active-learning-1

               b. Online Toolkit: Active Learning - http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/active-learning

               c. Tool to Measure Active Learning Van Amburgh, Jenny A.; Devlin, John W.; Kirwin, Jennifer L.; and Qualters, Donna M., "A tool for measuring active learning in the classroom" (2007).Bouv Faculty Publications.Paper31.http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20002371

          iv.  Assessment

               a.      Online Workshop (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/obtaining-evaluative-data-scholarly-teaching)

               b.      Online Toolkit: Assessment - http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/assessment

               c.      Assessment Rubric handout (http://www.pulsecommunity.org/page/assessment-rubrics-tools-and-resources)

* Also see: PULSE Resources page.

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