Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences received full funding from CWSEI in 2007 and began the efforts listed below in Summer 2007. The EOS-SEI program is making excellent progress with 23 courses finished with the official transformation process and more than 10 additional courses “unofficially” improved using the principles of research-based effective pedagogy. Many of the instructors of these courses are continuing to iterate on improvements either on their own or with consulting help from STLFs. Over 77% of EOS faculty and over half of our sessional instructors have received direct support to adjust their courses and teaching from SEI. The overarching goal of the EOS-SEI is to promote cultural change in our approach to teaching and learning and establish sustainable processes to continue and improve the work accomplished during the CWSEI project.Poster (April 2009): EOS-SEI Long-Term Plan, Metadata and Faculty Survey - Sara Harris
The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences will touch all aspects of undergraduate teaching and learning in this department. Our undergraduates include those headed for careers in science and many for whom our department is their only encounter with science during their university years. We aim to provide the best opportunities for both these groups to practice scientific thinking and to incorporate scientific skills into their lives, regardless of their career path. At the curriculum level, we are developing plans for a “Curriculum Matrix” which will explicitly identify links in learning goals among courses, help us identify and remedy gaps, overlaps, and bottlenecks, and serve as a dynamic roadmap for future curriculum evolution. At the course level, we’re targeting specific courses for attention and will work our way through EOS’ curriculum, aiming to involve as many faculty members as possible. Revisions will be planned by course-specific “Working Groups”, which involve not only primary instructors but also those who teach peripheral courses (pre-, post-, and co-requisites). We will be developing and using instruments to assess student achievement of learning goals and also their attitudes about science. Our graduate students will be involved as an integral part of the undergraduate teaching and learning effort and we are developing a new TA training program to better meet the needs of grad students, undergraduates, and faculty.
As of June 2010, the EOS-SEI program is making excellent progress with 19 courses currently at various stages of transformation and more than 10 additional courses “unofficially” being improved using the principles of research-based effective pedagogy. Over 60% of EOS faculty are involved in the SEI in some capacity (committees, working groups and/or making changes to their courses). The overarching goal of the EOS-SEI is to promote cultural change in our approach to teaching and learning and establish sustainable processes to continue and improve the work accomplished during the CWSEI project.
A copy of our submitted proposal is available here: EOS proposal .