Pedagogies of Engagement Summit

2008 PKAL Pedagogies of Engagement Summit

September 19 - 21, 2008

Century College - White Bear Lake, Minnesota

At the 2008 PKAL Summit and MnSCU meeting, participants had a once-in-a life-time opportunity for extended conversations with those whose pioneering pedagogical reforms are transforming the undergraduate STEM learning environment. In addition, Summit participants (pioneers and representatives of PKAL collaborating partners) edited and refined What Works: Pedagogies of Engagement, A Handbook for Undergraduate STEM Educators and discussed the next stage of reform and the thrust of the NSF proposal to be submitted in January 2009.

Topics included:

  • The Draft PKAL Guide to Pedagogies of Engagement, the SERC website, and the future of the collaborative partnership
  • Beginning and taking next steps to advance pedagogies of engagement
  • The role of questions within the portfolio of pedagogies of engagement
  • How contemporary technologies support pedagogies of engagement
  • The connection between questions and learning theory
  • The process of building effective pedagogical teams through the lens of both student teams and institutional leadership teams
  • The roles and responsibilities to promote and support faculty leaders shaping pedagogical approaches that engage STEM students more fully
  • Considerations in designing STEM facilities to facilitate learning & STEM facilities
  • Building STEM networks between K-12, higher education, and industry

Pedagogical Pioneers:

  • Deborah Allen, Program Director of Division of Undergraduate Education -National Science Foundation
    Pedagogy: Problem Based Learning (PBL)
  • Robert J. Beichner, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physics & Director of Graduate Programs -North Carolina State University
    Pedagogy: : Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP)
  • Andrew D. Gavrin, Associate Professor of Physics & Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Undergraduate Education -Indiana University-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis
    Pedagogy: Just in Time Teaching (JiTT)
  • Kenneth Heller, Professor of Physics -University of Minnesota
    Pedagogy: Cooperative problem-based learning
  • Bradford C. Lister, Director of the Anderson Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education & Research Professor of Biology -Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Gregor M. Novak, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in Department of Physics -United States Air Force Academy
    Pedagogy: Just in Time Teaching (JiTT)
  • Arlene Russell, Senior Lecturer of Chemistry -University of California, Los Angeles
    Pedagogy: Calibrated Peer Review (CPR)
  • Karl A. Smith, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Civil Engineering -University of Minnesota
    Pedagogy: Cooperative Learning
  • Ethel D. Stanley, Director of BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium -Beloit College
    Pedagogy: Investigative Case Based Learning
  • Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning -Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
    Pedagogy: Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL)

Event Facilitators:

  • Judith A. Dilts, Associate Dean of the College of Science & Mathematics & Interim Head of Biology - James Madison University
  • Jeff Fenimore, Principal -DLR Group, Inc.
  • Sally Grans-Korsh, System Director of Facilities and Planning -Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Judith B. Greiman, President -Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
  • Louise Hainline, Dean for Research & Graduate Studies - CUNY - Brooklyn College
  • Bradford C. Lister, Director of the Anderson Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education & Research Professor of Biology -Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Brenda Lyseng, STEM Project Specialist -Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • C. Gary Reiness, Professor of Biology -Lewis and Clark College
  • Cathryn A. Manduca, Director of Carleton Science Education Resource Center -Carleton College
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Director –Project Kaleidoscope
  • Taylor Pettis, STEM Education Program Manager -Minnesota High Tech Association
  • James E. Swartz, Professor of Chemistry -Grinnell College


Collaborating partners:

Participating Institutions

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Bemidji State University
  • Bethel University
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Central Lakes College
  • Century College
  • Emory and Henry College
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Hibbing Community College
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Lake Superior College
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Minnesota State Community & Technical College
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
  • Ohio Valley University
  • Ridgewater College
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • University of Portland
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Winona State University
  • Yale University

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