June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
NSF Grantees Poster Session
Gateways-ND is a five-year (2015-2020) National Science Foundation (NSF), Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE)-funded instructional faculty and staff development program that is designed to offer relevant, collaborative, and sustained support to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) postsecondary educators. Each fall, about 30 instructional faculty and staff at North Dakota State University form a cohort that participates in workshops and faculty learning communities (FLCs) over two years. To date, over 140 faculty and instructional staff have been a part of four cohorts. The instruction of the program is based on current evidence-based pedagogy and course design to help faculty and staff learn to create and/or reinvent STEM courses to be learner-focused and engaging. The long-term aims are to increase student learning, improve student outcomes in gateways (high-enrollment, first-year, high D, F, and W rate) STEM courses, and to form mutually supportive groups of faculty interested in teaching and learning.
Gateways-ND has been successfully running for four years. Participants come from a wide variety of STEM fields, including agricultural and technical fields that are characteristic of land-grant universities. There have also been 25 non-STEM participants, who were funded through additional sources within the Office of the Provost to extend active learning ideologies past STEM disciplines within the institution and to create diversity within the cohorts. In total, more than half of the faculty participants are women. Each cohort includes 10 full days of workshops spread over two years, as well as smaller Faculty Learning Communities that meet every three weeks during the academic year for two years. Teaching-related data is collected quantitatively using the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS) instrument and student attitudinal data using separate surveys.
Gateways-ND will continue for one more year (formally, through August 2020). At this time, roughly 175 instructional faculty and staff will have completed the two-year program, which will, in turn, directly impact the educational experiences of more than 30,000 students.
Motschenbacher, J. M. D., & Vosen Callens, M., & Nyachwaya, J., & Berg, E. A., & Ladbury, J., & Kelter, P. (2019, June), Board 111: Gateways-ND: Building the Institutional Infrastructure towards Viable Postsecondary STEM Education Reform Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32189
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