These four tools provide the basics for applying Vision and Change to your department.  Vision and Change Snapshot Rubrics help you identify areas of strength and areas for change.  The PULSE Framework for change helps you create a transformation cycle to accomplish the goals in the Snapshot Rubrics.  The Online Toolkit provides a starting point for departmental discussions about Vision and Change.  Finally, Online Workshops provide practical advice on changing things within individual lessons, courses, and the department to accomplish change.  

PULSE Framework for Change

The PULSE Fellows have developed the PULSE Framework using a Transformation Cycle and a customized set of tools that assist departments at each stage in the transformation process. Departments that are just learning about Vision and Change will find resources to help them raise awareness and build a capacity for change. Other departments that are further along will find resources for taking action, supporting implementation and assessing changes.

PULSE Rubrics

The PULSE Rubrics 2.0 are designed as a diagnostic tool to be used in a self-study to evaluate the full extent of implementation of the recommendations of the Vision and Change (V&C) report (2011) and is used in the PULSE Recognition program.  The rubrics address six areas,  1) Curriculum Alignment, 2) Assessment, 3) Faculty Practice/Faculty Support, 4) Infrastructure, 5) Climate for Change and 6) Diversity Equity and Inclusion.  PULSE also has an abbreviated rubric, the PULSE Snapshot Rubric that is designed as a tool for faculty and administrators to gain a quick overview of the alignment of their life science program with some of the major elements of the recommendations of the Vision and Change (V&C) report (2011). The PULSE  Snapshot Rubric includes elements from the full rubric set.

Online Toolkit

The Online Toolkit is intended to put Life Sciences departments in touch with key resources relevant to their efforts to learn about and implement Vision and Change recommendations. The list of resources is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to provide starting points for departmental discussions about V&C transformation. It may be useful to consult the PULSE Framework for Change prior to beginning such discussions.

Online Workshops

Online Workshops provide you with information and vetted resources that you can use to transform your lessons, courses, and department using the principles provided in the Vision and Change document. The resources are clustered in units that provide an introduction to the topic, discipline based educational research to support its use and examples and handouts so you can begin to use it in your own classroom. You can use the units as an online workshop or to develop face-to-face workshops for your department. While you can work through each unit/lessons on your own, you may find it beneficial to work with the faculty development/teaching and learning staff, or departmental faculty leaders on your campus.