June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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MISO (Maximizing the Impact of STEM Outreach Through Data-DrivenDecision-Making): Building and Evaluating a Community of Practice (other)This paper describes the second phase of MISO (Maximizing the Impact of STEM Outreachthrough Data-Driven Decision-Making), a campus-wide project, funded by the Nation ScienceFoundation, at XXX University. The overall mission of the MISO project is to creatively engagethe outreach community across campus in data-driven decision-making, to help ensure thebreadth and depth of the future U.S. STEM workforce. This project seeks to both betterunderstand and support the collective impact of K-12 STEM outreach efforts of the university.Central to the work of the project is the creation of a Community of Practice (CoP) amongSTEM outreach providers on campus. During the first phase of the project, outreach providerswere brought together to develop a better understanding of their goals and strategies for theirprograms. During this time, survey tools were created and validated in consultation with theoutreach providers to measure student and teacher outcomes. These instruments have been usedover the past two summers by the outreach partners and project staff to help the outreachproviders engage in data-driven decision-making concerning the efficacy and impact of theirprograms. Over this past summer (the midpoint of the project), the external evaluator undertooka comprehensive review of how successful the project has been at fostering a community ofpractice using Wenger’s (2011) CoP model. This model describes five cycles of a CoP and wasused to frame a set of questions to be posed to the outreach partners in this project as part ofsemi-structured interviews. All key stakeholders were contacted with seven in-depth interviewsconducted.Described will be the analysis of these interviews and the lessons learned thus far for creating acampus-wide community of practice of STEM outreach providers and the development of data-driven decision-making tools to help support the continuous improvement goals of theseprograms. Findings from the evaluation indicate growth over many of the cycles of a CoP withstronger evidence found in the earlier cycles, but considerable promise of future growth. Thesefindings will be highlighted as well as the future strategies for building the community, asinformed by this evaluation.Wenger, E., Trayner, B., deLaat, M. (2011) Promoting and assessing value creating incommunities and networks: A conceptual framework. Ruud de Moor Centrum: OpenUniversiteit.
Collins, T. L., & Wiebe, E. N., & Van Dyk, P. (2014, June), MISO (Maximizing the Impact of STEM Outreach Through Data-Driven Decision-Making): Building and Evaluating a Community of Practice Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22841
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