Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Students enrolling in community colleges (CC) more typically come from non-traditional and underserved populations than students enrolled in four-year schools. Given current shifts in population trends, a greater emphasis has been placed on recruiting such non-traditional students in order to keep on pace with workforce demands for STEM students. Within the CC systems, reaching these students with engaging and inspiring educational modules is essential for getting more students involved in and interested in majoring in STEM-related fields. As such, the University of California, Berkeley has created a context-based research experience program for CC faculty to come to campus and conduct nine weeks of research while simultaneously attending workshops and seminars focused on curriculum development. The overall goals of this program are to train the faculty in what context-based curriculum entails, give them resources to change parts of their courses to be more hands-on, and provide them with real life examples of research that can be incorporated into their teaching. The research areas of this program are focused on alternative energy, cyber security, wearable medical devices, green and sustainable manufacturing, and nanotechnology. These areas were chosen because of their focus on real life problems that can be easily relatable for the students. This paper describes how this program was developed, as well as the comprehensive evaluation methods used to determine the effectiveness of the program as a professional development opportunity. Preliminary results from post-survey responses are also discussed with outcomes on improvements for future programs.
Marlor, L. K., & Amelink, C. T. (2018, June), Board 134: The Development of a Context-based Summer Research Program for Community College Faculty in Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29928
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