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Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
I am the Technical Director for SERC. I design, build, and run the technical infrastructure that powers the web sites (like this one) which are central to most of SERC's activities.
My approach to technical development starts with building an understanding of the real world problem we're trying to solve (e.g. how to facilitate information flow within a collaboration of busy faculty members, how to scaffold meaningful exploration of a large data set by students, how to coordinate the collection of student data from hundreds of classrooms). This usually requires a deep dive into details of how the people involved frame the problem for themselves and the real-life barriers that will undermine the naive solutions. With this sensitivity to the problem in hand I draw from the full suite of current technologies (and old technologies repurposed) to craft robust solutions that empower and endure.
The SERC CMS, the set of web-based tools that unpins our work, exemplifies the results of this approach. It includes a complete array of tools to support the spread of curricular innovation and excellence. These include:
- Tools for community-driven web-based sharing of best practices. From seamless onramps for the faculty member wanting to share a single activity to tools for organizing and disseminating large collections.
- Workshop and webinar infrastructure that supports the entire process: from registration to evaluation, small group generation of synthesis documents to community building.
- Online materials review tools that flexibly support a range of different community and expert review processes.
I have been a web site author and web server administrator since 1993. Before joining the SERC office in January of 2002 I was the Academic Computing Coordinator for the Natural Sciences at Carleton College. I worked closely with science faculty implementing a wide variety of computing technologies in support of curricular innovation and was part of a team nationally recognized for excellent faculty support. NSF formatted Bio Sketch (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 26kB Sep22 16)
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR - Physics, M.S., 1993
Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA - Physics, B.A. with honors, 1991
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reply test. On the Cutting Edge is a nationally focused professional development program for geoscience faculty that aims to develop a geoscience professoriate committed to high-quality instruction based on currency in scientific knowledge, good pedagogic practice, and research on learning with the ultimate goal of improving student learning. It engages faculty through a series of workshops (over 100 since 2002) across a range of scientific and pedagogic topics. A novel aspect of the program from its inception has been its intentional development of an extensive website (over 5000 pages of original content) to complement the workshop series. It was hoped that this website would magnify the impact of the program on workshop participants and also allow the content to reach the broader audience of geoscience faculty who are unable to attend a workshop in person. In this paper we describe our multi-modal approach to understanding the long-term impact of this website on the community of geoscience faculty.
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This is a test from Sean with an attachment.
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