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Math and Science Learning and Education
 

Past Events



The following is a list of past  MSLE events that were held at UCD and near by locations. You can request more information regarding MSLE events here.

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 11:00AM-12:30PM
Luncheon: Front Range School District Math and Science Coordinators

Location: TBD
 MSLE will be holding a luncheon to strengthen our relationships with Front Range school district Math and Science Coordinators. We are inviting district STEM Coordinators to talk informally with us about STEM initiatives in their districts.  CU Denver faculty and staff can also informally share information about the K-12 related STEM programs and research at CU Denver. The date for the luncheon is 12 June from 11:00am-12:30pm.  Please contact
[Laurel.Hartley@ucdenver.edu]Laurel.Hartley@ucdenver.edu if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 12:00-1:00PM
Luncheon: Front Range School District Math and Science Coordinators

Location: SI 4127
Representatives from the Learning Assistant programs at CU Boulder, Florida International University, and North Dakota State University will be on campus 28 May to work with MSLE faculty on ideas for advancing research related to effective use of Learning Assistants in large lecture courses.  If you are interested, we will be hosting a lunch from 12:00-1:00pm on 28 May in Science (SI) 4127.  Our guests will informally discuss the past and future of their Learning Assistant programs.  Please contact
[Laurel.Hartley@ucdenver.edu]Laurel.Hartley@ucdenver.edu to RSVP.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 12:30-1:30PM
Focused Discussion: NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

Location: SI 4127
Leo P Bruederle, Director, MSLE Signature Area, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The MSLE Signature Area will host a series of discussions the NIH IMSD Funding Opportunity, with a goal of submitting a proposal in January 2015, if there is interest.  
IMSD is a student development program for institutions with research-intensive environments. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical and behavioral research who complete Ph.D. degrees in these fields. The program offers an opportunity to develop new or expand existing effective academic developmental programs, including student research internships, in order to prepare students from underrepresented groups for competitive research careers and leadership positions in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.  If you are interested in participating, but unable to attend on 27 May 2014, please contact [Leo.Bruederle@ucdenver.edu]Leo.Bruederle@ucdenver.edu

Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Café Pedagogique Denver
5:00-6:30pm at Prima Ristorante (upstairs), Hotel Teatro
Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).

Friday, 9 May 2014
Learning Assistants Poster Session
12:30-2:30pm in Science 1113/1115
Learning Assistants (LAs) in Biology I and II, Genetics, General Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I and II, Introduction to Physical Geography, and Introduction to Environmental Science will be presenting their projects from the LA pedagogy course (Introduction to Science Teaching and Learning). These projects address topics ranging from the effectiveness of innovative teaching methods (such as "flipped" classrooms) to student use of resources (e.g., textbooks, LAs, TAs, etc) and relationship to student performance. The projects will be presented as posters, and light refreshments will be served. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.


Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM, SI 4127

TBD


Special Event! Different Day and Time!
Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM, SI 4127

Café Pedagogique Denver
Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).


Tuesday, 1 April 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM, SI 4127
Topic: A Progressive Approach to Improving Undergraduate Science Writing Through Chemistry Laboratory Courses
Marta K. Maroń, Intructor, Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Summary: Communication skills through written form for chemistry undergraduates are fundamentally important to their transformation from novice to expert chemists. However, many students who can successfully complete the undergraduate chemistry curricula are not able to effectively construct and communicate scientific meaning in written form. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a science writing scaffold across three laboratory courses, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I (Quantum Mechanics), and Instrumental Analysis, to improve student writing skills. A progressive approach to introducing how to write journal style documents, integrations of peer-review, TA-review, and revision will be discussed as a means to allow students to improve and progress towards autonomy in their writing.


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Café Pedagogique Denver
5:00-6:30pm at Prima Ristorante (upstairs), Hotel Teatro

Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).


Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Molecules of Healing
Karen Knaus, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Location: SI 4127
“Molecules of healing” involves the development of a new interdisciplinary course/research experience that uses the context of traditional/natural medicine as a starting point to inspire students to build a framework for understanding "molecular medicine."  Students connect ideas learned in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry to broaden their understanding of chemical structure as medicine.  Students are exposed to structural data bases and other structure-based drug design resources as they learn about chosen "molecules of healing."  The theoretical basis of the project includes contextual learning theory as well as Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM, SI 4127

Kickoff Meeting! Math and Science Learning and Education Consortium
Topic: Café Pedagogique
- rescheduled for first MSLE meeting
Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).


Monday, 9 December 2013
Café Pedagogique Denver
5:00-6:30pm at Prima Ristorante (upstairs), Hotel Teatro
Summary: Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).

Friday, 6 December 2013
Learning Assistants Poster Session
12:30-2:30pm in Science 1113/1115
Learning Assistants (LAs) in Biology I, Genetics, Chemistry I and II, Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry I and II will be presenting their projects from the LA pedagogy course (Introduction to Science Teaching and Learning). These projects address topics ranging from the effectiveness of innovative teaching methods (such as “flipped” classrooms) to student use of resources (e.g., textbooks, LAs, TAs, etc) and relationship to student performance. The projects will be presented as posters, and light refreshments will be served. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013, 11:00AM-12:00PM, SI 4127
MOOCS, DOCCS, and other possibilities: Opportunities and challenges in converting a science methods course online
Geeta Verma, Associate Professor of Science Education, School of Education and Human Development
Online learning has become a disruptive force in higher education. Various institutions of higher education are beginning to create Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) as well as beginning to make more of the course offerings online. We will discuss the following ideas in this presentation:
1) MOOCS vs. DOCCS (pronounced as DOCK):  While MOOCs have been perceived to be a game-changer, there are various challenges associated with this model of teaching. It is worth looking into another model of online learning called Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC).
2) Challenges and opportunities in converting a science methods course (lab based) fully online; and
3) Exploring modalities (MOOCS, DOCCS, and other options) in transitioning courses to online spaces


Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Café Pedagogique Denver
5:00-6:30pm at Prima Ristorante (upstairs), Hotel Teatro
Summary: Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).


Friday, 8 November 2013, 1:00-2:00PM, SI4127
C.R.E.A.T.E. Part II - Transform the Understanding of Science
Sally Hoskins, Professor, Department of Biology, The City College of New York
Professor Hoskins a developmental biologist with particular interest in the embryonic nervous system, developed a pedagogy known as C.R.E.A.T.E. in collaboration with Dr. Leslie M. Stevens, a University of Texas geneticist, and Dr. Kristy Kenyon, a developmental biologist at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  C.R.E.A.T.E. is an acronym for Consider, Read, Elucidate hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data and Think of the next Experiment.  The methodology teaches students how to critically read scientific papers, and, at the same time, humanizes the scientific process.  Research has documented that students who have taken classes where the C.R.E.A.T.E. method is used have demonstrated improved critical thinking skills and ability to read and analyze scientific literature. In addition, they expressed more favorable attitudes toward science and scientists.
Citations about C.R.E.A.T.E.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3228655/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23463229


Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 11:00AM-12:00PM, SI 4127
C.R.E.A.T.E. Part I - Transforming the Understanding of Science
Peggy Bruehl, Assistant Professor Clinical Teaching Track, Chemistry and Aimee Bernard, Senior Instructor, Integrative Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, CU Denver
SUMMARY: Peggy Bruehl and Aimee Bernard attended an intensive week-long NSF-supported pedagogy workshop based on a new teaching approach that seeks to transform the learning environment of undergraduate science courses to model the creativity, complexity, and excitement of the scientific process. This teaching approach, called the C.R.E.A.T.E. methodology (Consider, Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment), focuses on the directed reading of primary literature and incorporates numerous pedagogical tools designed to develop critical thinking skills and to instill a deep appreciation of the scientific process.  Peggy and Aimee will introduce the methodology and describe how they are implementing it at UC Denver.  Please also note that Sally Hoskins, one of the professors that developed C.R.E.A.T.E., will be speaking to the MSLE consortium on Friday, 8 November 2013.


SPECIAL EVENT CO-SPONSORED BY INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY!  DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME!

Friday, 1 November 2013, 2:00-3:00PM
Developing a Learning Progressions for Environmental Literacy: How Students Move Toward Systems Thinking
Laurel Hartley, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, CU Denver
LOCATION: Science 2001
SUMMARY: An integrated understanding of the evolutionary and ecological effects of human-caused disturbance on ecological systems is vital for understanding human impacts on the environment and is essential for informed citizenship. This integrated understanding requires students to be able to reason across scales of time, space and organization, seeking mechanisms at smaller scales and contexts at larger ones. I will present findings of a learning progression approach to understanding how grades 6-14 students develop understanding of ecological systems, identifying three how three core ideas – hierarchical systems, mechanism, and constraints on processes – characterize challenging but appropriate learning goals for environmental science literacy. Specifically I will present on how we have integratively developed and used learning progression frameworks, assessments, and instructional resources.


Monday, 14 October 2013

Café Pedagogique Denver
5:00-6:30pm at Prima Ristorante (upstairs), Hotel Teatro
Summary: Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).

SPECIAL EVENT CO-SPONSORED BY INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY!  DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME!
Friday, 4 October 2013, 12:00-1:00PM
Developing and using Concept Assessments
Jennifer (Jenny) Knight, Senior Instructor, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, CU Boulder
LOCATION: Science 4127
SUMMARY: Well-developed concept assessments have the potential to provide faculty, departments, and administrators with valuable information about student learning. If assessments are aligned to learning objectives that STEM educators agree are critical for students to achieve, they can also provide insight into persistent incorrect ideas, and into possible problem points in a curriculum.  In this talk, Jenny Knight will provide an overview of the use of Concept Assessment in various fields, emphasizing how the Force Concept Inventory in Physics galvanized educators to study student comprehension.  Jenny will then review the ideal method for developing such assessments and how to use the data that emerge from student performance.  In addition, different formats of assessments will be considered, and data provided to support their use.


SPECIAL EVENT CO-SPONSORED BY INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY!  DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME!
Friday, 27 September 2013, 12:00-1:00PM
Transforming Undergraduate Education - Active Learning, Assessment and Diversity
Aimee Bernard, Senior Instructor, Amanda Charlesworth, Assistant Professor, and Alan Vajda, Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, CU Denver
LOCATION: Science 4127
SUMMARY: The National Academies Summer Institute explores new models of instruction for the undergraduate biology classroom designed to address themes and challenges in biology teaching and education through three core themes: active learning, assessment and diversity.  The SI are a direct result of a key recommendation from the 2003 National Research Council report, 'Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists' for professional development opportunities to engage faculty at research-intensive institutions in taking greater responsibility for high-quality undergraduate biology education through the use of new pedagogical approaches to teaching based on emerging evidence about how people learn and a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching.


Monday, 23 Sept 2013, 3:00-7:00PM
LOCATION: Club Level, Folsom Stadium
Hosted by the Center for STEM Learning
SUMMARY: This event is a celebration of CU-Boulder’s internationally recognized STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education initiatives. Our projects are redefining learning and discovery in a global context, and setting new standards in education, research, scholarship, and creative work to transform STEM education. This year’s symposium will highlight some of the groundbreaking projects on campus, introduce a new generation of scholars, and bring together key stakeholders. Come celebrate the region's national leadership in STEM education, and learn more about how we are transforming STEM education at CU-Boulder.  For more details, visit: http://www.colorado.edu/csl/2013_Symposium.html


Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Café Pedagogique Denver
5:00-6:30pm at Prima Ristorante (upstairs), Hotel Teatro
Summary: Café Pédagogique is an informal meeting for conversation surrounding teaching and learning.  In the Café Ped, people come together in a friendly and relaxed environment and hear informal presentations on interesting educational topics, each led by someone who cares (loves, hates) deeply about it.  After each presentation there are 15-20 minutes or so of questions and answers and general discussion.  For more information, please contact Doris Kimbrough (doris.kimbrough@ucdenver.edu) or Bud Talbot (robert.talbot@ucdenver.edu).


Tuesday, 3 September 2013, 11:00AM-12:00PM, SI 4127
Kickoff Meeting!  Math and Science Learning and Education Consortium: Who are we and where are we going?
Leo P Bruederle, Director, MSLE Signature Area and Marjorie Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Planning and Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, CU Denver
SUMMARY: CLAS Associate Dean Marjorie Levine-Clark will join us at this kickoff meeting of the Consortium.  Following a brief year in review, Marjorie will provide an overview of  ongoing planning and initiatives, with an eye toward Math and Science Learning and Education.  Light refreshments provided. Celebrating CU-Boulder's National Leadership in STEM Education.