This project was a National Science Foundation sponsored collaboration between the Searle Center and the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) to design, pilot and study a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty development program focused on improving higher order learning outcomes of STEM students.
The pilot program consists of 20 STEM faculty – 11 from CCC and nine from Northwestern - participating in a series of workshops over two years.
Goals of the project were for faculty to:
- Reflect critically on key issues in learning and teaching in higher education.
- Develop their learning, teaching, and assessment practices to facilitate higher order student learning outcomes.
- Improve STEM students’ higher order learning outcomes.
The project was evaluated in terms of its effectiveness at CCC and Northwestern with respect to changes in:
- Instructional and assessment practices.
- Faculty approaches and conceptions of teaching.
- Student learning outcomes.
In addition, the effectiveness of this program in promoting change in faculty approaches to teaching was compared to the effectiveness of other faculty development programs.
National Science Foundation: Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) award (DUE-0942404) $205,629 over 3 years