EvaluateUR-CURE is a method for evaluating course-based undergraduate research experiences -- CUREs. By integrating research into undergraduate courses, CUREs provide research opportunities for students who might not otherwise engage in this valuable learning activity. As the number of CUREs expands at all institution types, it becomes increasingly important to assess student learning gains from these research activities.
EvaluateUR-CURE is a modification of EvaluateUR, an assessment method developed for independent student research experiences. In common with EvaluateUR, EvaluateUR-CURE has about a dozen student outcome categories, each defined by several outcome components. In order to assess student progress, each component is scored both by the student researcher and his or her faculty mentor using a five-point scale and accompanying rubric. Importantly, students and mentors share reviews of their respective assessment scores and discuss the reasons for their assessments. This feature is designed to help students understand their academic strengths and weaknesses and develop or enhance related metacognitive skills. EvaluateUR-CURE will allow faculty both to select a subset of outcome categories and to include several optional outcomes. This structure should enable faculty to focus on a 'core' set of outcomes and to add others that reflect specific course activities and objectives. EvaluateUR-CURE is implemented online with provisions for instructors to provide timely feedback to students that is designed to help them enhance their metacognitive skills. A built-in statistical package allows faculty to easily obtain summary data for all course outcome components. This should help faculty document student learning gains as well as help them to revise their courses to further improve student learning.
EvaluateUR-CURE is currently in development and the next round of pilot testing is set for 2021-2022 academic year. Pilot testing of E-CURE is open to all faculty. Faculty teaching courses with research experiences (CUREs) at community colleges are especially encouraged to apply. A modest stipend is provided for participating in the pilot and providing feedback.
This project is funded by NSF ATE #1836033.
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