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Title: Education for a World Based in Science and Technology


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A Summary of Recommendations From the National
Conference
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Understanding Key Concepts and Competencies
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Student-Centered Classrooms and Learning Outcomes
  • Introduce scientific process early and integrate
    it throughout all undergraduate biology courses
  • Research experiences should be an integral
    component of biology education for all students,
    regardless of major (inquiry-rich labs and case
    investigations)
  • Active, outcome-oriented, inquiry-driven and
    relevant courses. Curriculum should not rely on
    textbooks as the sole source of info.
  • Define learning goals and align assessments to
    focus on conceptual understanding - use data to
    improve and enhance learning
  • Structure curriculum to address student needs

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And Most Importantly What Students Said
  • Open ended questions
  • Small groups chances for discussion
    troubleshooting
  • PPT plus, demonstrations, media (You Tube), case
    studies use of real data
  • Quizzes during and after lectures
  • More essay questions on exams
  • Teach students how to learn so they can gain
    depth on their own provide research and outside
    learning community-based opportunities
  • More topic-based or concept-oriented courses,
    especially for non-majors
  • More avenues for student feedback

Tie what were learning into the Big Picture.
Why is this important? Where did this come from
(i.e., original literature)? Where does it fit
in real life? And how does this relate to what
were learning in other classes? .
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Strategies for Change
  • Departments must regularly examine their
    teaching practices leverage resources to
    actively build a culture that support the
    scholarship of teaching and learning. (Moving
    beyond the lone faculty including cross
    department planning)
  • Course evaluation and assessment data must be
    used to demonstrate to both faculty and
    administrators that improved teaching and
    learning using active learning strategies
    contribute to student outcomes and departmental
    and institutional goals.
  • Students must be active, engaged partners in the
    educational mission of their campus, including
    conversations about how to improve biology
    education

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Professional societies can increase awareness of
the critical nature of undergraduate biology
education, and contribute to the professional
development of their members in this arena.
  • Education Committees
  • Websites or digital libraries with teaching
    resources
  • Travel awards for undergraduate students to
    attend professional society meeting
  • Undergraduate poster or essay competitions
  • Biology Scholars Professional Development
    Opportunities Undergraduate Education
    Conferences
  • Education Journals or Education Articles in
    Research Journals
  • Mentoring Awards

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  • Elements of Vision and Change Initiative
  • Engaged and mobilized life science community
  • Conference Summary Report
  • Conference Proceedings (due Summer 2010)
  • Website and Facebook Page - see
    www.visionandchange.org
  • Exploratory grants program
  • Vision and Change Conference II to explore what
    we have changed (proposed)

To be described by NSF representatives
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  • For More Information
  • VISION AND CHANGE WEBSITE View videos,
    PowerPoint presentations, and poster abstracts at
    the conference website
  • http//www.visionandchange.org/
  • Join the Transforming Undergraduate Biology
    Education FACEBOOK group to share ideas, post
    information on successful projects and teaching
    tools, and announce upcoming meetings
  • http//www.facebook.com/group.php?gid129755154
    551

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http//visionandchange.org/
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In a great irony, the academy itself may be the
last obstacle to improving the quality of biology
education for all students. Thus, raising the
profile of science education within biology
departments and ensuring that the academic
culture values both faculty teaching and student
learning should be everyones highest priorities,
truly a cultural change on many campuses.
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An Agenda for Change If not now, when? If not
us, then who?
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