August 5-7, 2016 Washington University, St. Louis, MO
The PULSE Midwest and Great Plains Regional Network is inviting teams from Life Science Departments to apply to attend the third regional conference. Conference outcomes include:
Identify talents, expertise, support in region
Facilitate connections, collaborations, synergies
Develop departmental action plans to enhance programs with respect to V&C
Convey strategies for facilitating departmental discussions on curricular change
Provide information about PULSE resources
Determine mechanisms for maintaining and growing the network
Teams: Travel, lodging, and meals for three team members will be provided. Teams should include the department Chair; other teams members can include faculty, instructional academic staff, Teaching and Learning Center staff, upper administrators, postdocs, graduate students. Depending on space available, we may be able to provide lodging and meals for additional teams members (beyond 3), but they will be responsible for their travel to St. Louis. Teams will be expected to complete pre-conference assignments using PULSE rubrics.
Team work sessions: The conference will have dedicated periods for participant teams to work together on the PULSE department assessment rubrics. Teams will also work through exercises that lead towards the development of departmental change action plans, using facilitative leadership and creative problem solving strategies. PULSE mentors will be available to help departments as they draft plans to take back to their home institutions.
Poster sessions: Participating teams will be expected to share institutional information and departmental accomplishments in poster format. New for this year will be the inclusion of a second poster session - an optional, peer-reviewed session highlighting individual research and innovation in the classroom or lab.
Break-out Session topics:
Leveraging regional accreditation to advance Vision & Change
Partnerships between 2-year and 4-year schools
Integrating research experiences into courses.
Engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning
Course-level, department-level, and program-level assessment
Fostering metacognition and self-regulated learning
How to be a leader and agent of change
Brian Couch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Dr. Couch’s research focuses on understanding the use and outcomes of active learning methods in the classroom. He will discuss the use of the Bio-MAPS assessment instrument.
Carol L. Colbeck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Colbeck's research investigates how social and organizational contexts shape academic work. She will focus on issues related to institutional change.
Call for Applications: March 4, 2016
Deadline for applications: April 8, 2016
Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2016
Poster Abstract Deadline: June 15, 2016
Notification of Poster Acceptance: July 1, 2016
Pre-workshop Assignment due: July 15, 2016
Conference Dates: August 5 – 7, 2016
Questions? Please contact Paul Arriola, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe PULSE Midwest and Great Plains Regional Network is supported by award #1355894 from the National Science Foundation.