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POGIL's Spring Inquirer newsletter is now available for download.
Dr. Caryl Fish, associate professor of chemistry in the Saint Vincent College Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, was honored with the presentation of the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award at the Saint Vincent College spring Honors Convocation on April 24 in Saint Vincent Basilica.
The POGIL-Physical Chemistry Laboratory Project has published its first newsletter. Click here for access.
This Strategic Plan was constructed and approved by the POGIL Project Steering Committee during 2012 with considerable input from more than 70 individuals from the larger POGIL community.
The National Science Foundation has funded the University of Southern California, under the leadership of higher education change and reform expert Dr. Adrianna Kezar, to examine ways to spread STEM education reform through the use of networks.
The proposed project will examine and compare four longstanding and successful undergraduate STEM reform networks (SENCER, PKAL, BioQUEST, and The POGIL Project) that have different designs, but a common purpose, in order to understand how the networks can be most effectively designed to spread innovations among network members and ultimately on the campuses where they are employed.
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Former POGIL Steering Committee member Suzanne Ruder was recently honored at her home institution, Virginia Commonwealth University, with the university's Distinguished Teaching Award. Ruder is an associate professor of chemistry.
The Spectroscopy Society of PIttsburgh (SSP) has awarded The POGIL Project $5000 to further the already existing aims of the project.
The first public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is available at http://www.nextgenscience.org/ from May 11 to June 1
Laura Trout was named recipient of the 2012 Allen Floyd Whalen Memorial Award for high school chemistry by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Section of the American Chemical Society.
Anne Marteel-Parrish, an associate professor of chemistry at Washington College, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Frank J. Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry. The chair was established last spring with a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor in recognition of Professor Creegan’s 40-year service to the College and his longstanding development and oversight of the chemistry program.
One goal of the HSPI Project was to create a full set of high-school level, POGIL activities for First-year Chemistry, AP Chemistry, First-year Biology, and AP Biology. The first two collections, POGIL Activities for High School Chemistry and POGIL Activities for High School Biology are now available through Flinn Scientific, Inc. Please visit their website for ordering information. Please input POGIL into the search function to be taken to the pages for these products.
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Seattle University's Vicky Minderhout has earned the Carnegie Foundation's prestigious Professor of the Year designation for Washington State for her innovative approach (POGIL!) to teaching biochemistry.
Diane Bunce, has won the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 2012 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education for “outstanding contributions to chemical education.” Bunce will receive the Pimentel Award and a $5,000 prize at a dinner at the American Chemical Society’s meeting and exposition in San Diego, Calif., in March 2012.
Bruce Wellman, Chemistry/Material Science and Engineering Design teacher at Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas and HSPI Partner, was named a Classroom Fellow for the 2011-12 school year. Use this link to read more about the Ambassador Fellow program and the other awardees.
Use of deliberate practice teaching strategies can improve both learning and engagement in a large introductory physics course as compared with what was obtained with the lecture method.
Jack Kampmeier, a University of Rochester professor who died last month, tried a new method of team learning in his classroom 16 years ago, and it caught on.
The POGIL Project is happy to announce the launch of its brand-new newsletter! Click the link above to go to a downloadable version, take a look and send us your thoughts. We are looking forward to hearing from you, getting your news, and, most important, finding a name for our new publication!
Amy Nathanson, Pharm.D. at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, discusses her undergraduate POGIL experience on the EdTheory blog.
POGILer Andrei Straumanis recently gave a TED talk in San Miguel, Mexico, on the benefits of using POGIL in the classroom. Click on the link above to watch Andrei's presentation.
Six College of Arts and Sciences professors received the University of South Florida Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for the 2009-10 school year, including POGILer Catherine Beneteau.
POGIL Project Director Rick Moog was quoted in the Sept. 13 issue of Chemical and Engineering News in its cover story on "Measuring Success." In the article, he discusses his thoughts on assessment and evaluation. Photos from Laura Trout's (HSPI) class were featured on both the cover of the magazine and in the inside story.
POGIL was recently mentioned in an article in Nature titled "Education Ambivalence". Nature Publishing Group's educational division, Nature Education, last year conducted a survey of 450 university-level science faculty members from more than 30 countries. The first report from that survey, freely available at http://go.nature.com/5wEKij, focuses on 'postsecondary' university- and college-level education. The article states "there is strong evidence that talking at students isn't nearly as effective as engaging them with cooperative, hands-on learning activities" and cites POGIL as a prime example of this type of hands-on learning.
Two High School POGIL Initiative Partners were recently named as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The POGIL Project extends hearty congratulations to Melissa Hemling (WI) (below left) and Bruce Wellman (KS) (below right). Full details of the award are available in the White House press release - click on the headline above.
By GREG STACK
If you think back to the time you were in school, high school or earlier, you probably remember classes where you did well and were engaged, those that bored you, and still others that you found too challenging.
In recent years, state and federal lawmakers and accreditors have placed much more emphasis on measuring student learning, institution by institution, instead of just focusing on the grades individual students earn or the programs colleges offer. As this trend has taken off, many have voiced concern that as colleges adopt assessment systems, they aren't necessarily using the results to do anything beyond telling outside groups that they have some assessment tool in place.
On March 31, at noon Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will sponsor an audio conference, led by a national expert on . . .
The state of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States has seen some unflattering appraisals in recent years, and deservedly so. In early February, the House of Representatives heard testimony . . . .
March 7, 2010
Classroom activities in a PBL program are more student-centered , and less teacher-in-front-of-a-group . The teacher becomes the guide, offering assistance ...
February 23, 2010
by Jennifer Loertscher
"In one of his recent President’s Messages (“A Teachable Moment,” October 2009), Gregory A. Petsko reflected on the potential of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to lead the way in revitalizing biochemistry and molecular biology education. ..."
by Emily Chambers, Editor in Chief, The Technique
The layout of the rooms is based on the SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs) model. ...
January 14, 2010