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Summit Program

Friday, September 19

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Lunch and Introduction (PT and Pedagogical Pioneers (PP))"Jeanne Narum
Getting to know you: "The best thing I've learned about being a pedagogical pioneer that might advance the work of colleagues is.."

1:00 - 1:20 PM
Introduction to the tasks/logistics. Jim Schwartz facilitating.
By the end of the Summit:
  • critique and complete penultimate draft of PKAL Guide to Pedagogies (Microsoft Word 166kB Sep18 08)
  • review and plan to complete pedagogical postings on the SERC web site at Carleton College
  • understand the scope and intent of the Handbook
  • develop into a collaborating, problem solving team of engaged pedagogical pioneers - solving the national problem of the slowness of traction of research-based pedagogies against the need for graduates who are themselves pioneers in the service of science and society
1:20 - 2:00 PM
General comments on the draft Guide - brainstorming. Louise Hainline facilitating.
Questions - In a ~30 page Guide:
  • what are the most immediately relevant resources, materials, and data to include that will capture and sustain the interest of teams of agents of change and secure needed support?
  • If this Guide were to land on the desk of a senior administrator, a department chair, and early-career STEM faculty member, or a leader of a consortium, what should be included to catalyze the 'aha!' moment from which informed and persistent action would proceed?

Track 1

2:05 - 3:30 PM
Representatives of the project team and the collaborating partners meet to synthesize experience and expertise in building regional networks that work and can be sustained, with a focus on increasing the awareness and use of contemporary research-based STEM pedagogies withing the system/network/consortia. Looking toward the future.

Track 2

2:05 - 2:35 PM
Assigned working groups (five persons) make first cut critique of their first assigned section of the draft guide. Submit suggested edits on assigned section as Word document to the Summit website.

2:40 - 3:00 PM
Working groups report back on their progress/critique of the Guide.

Group 1
Deborah Allen
Ashley Mahoney
JB Sharma
Daniel Doak

Group 2
Bob Beichner
Pratibha Varma
Lilia Harvey
Susan Monteleon

Group 3
Gregor Novak
Wally Shriner
Debra Thatcher

Group 4
Sally Hunnicutt
Karl Smith
Iona Black
Michele Dischino
Ethel Stanley

Group 5
Arlene Russell
Jim Duchamp
Ken Heller
Kirk Bartholomeo
Nancy Pelaez

6:00 - 7:15 PM
Dinner for all Summit and Workshop participants.

Track 1 (Project Team and Collaborating Partners)

7:30 - 8:30 PM
Discussions about spaces that work to serve 21st century undergraduate STEM communities"generically and specifically for pedagogies of engagement. Architects for Century College new facility & Jeanne Narum

Track 2 (Pedagogical Pioneers)

7:30 - 8:30 PM
A first examination of the Pedagogic Modules on the SERC website (Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College). Cathy Manduca, facilitating. We will explore one of the pedagogic modules with an eye for what we like, what we think could be improved, and what we think is missing. This discussion will set the stage for work by participants on modules addressing their pedagogy tomorrow. AND....a heads-up on the PP session at the workshop on Saturday morning: A fish-bowl responding to questions similar to those in the original survey: how to get started; what resources are needed; how to overcome common/systemic barriers to change; etc. Rules of engagement will be in place (everyone's voice is heard; no sermons; etc.) Judy Dilts is facilitating the fishbowl; about ten of the PP will have an
active role, and others can contribute as appropriate.

The pedagogic modules will complement the guidebook by providing information on specific pedagogic methods. Aimed primarily at faculty who are exploring new methods for their teaching or seeking ideas for teaching a specific topic in new ways, these modules provide the information needed to decide if a particular pedagogy is appropriate for your class, how to information to support effective implementation of the method, and examples of how faculty have used the method to teach specific topics.

During the Summit, Pedagogic Pioneers will review the existing module for your method, spend time improving the module, and develop a set of recommendations for how it might be further improved. Some pioneers will be working on modules that are relatively complete (Cooperative Learning, JITT, Investigative Cases, Studio Teaching, Interactive Lecture) while the remainder are working on new modules that have only partial information. We ask that each of you review the existing module, identify changes that you think are needed, and then pick an area to improve. For those working on new modules, this is likely to involve completing the basic module pages (What is the method, Why/when to use the method, How to use the method). For those working on established modules, your work may involve improving some aspect of the how materials, adding material that speaks directly to new pioneers exploring the method for the first time, or adding new examples from your own teaching (This list is intended to be suggestive not restrictive). You can find more information about the module design and the role of each of the pages at:

We will ask you to submit a word document recommending improvements to the module beyond those that you make at the summit. You are welcome to continue to work on the module after the summit and we will also be interested in helping to implement your recommendations in the upcoming months. However, in addition, a conversation about how these modules could be developed further in the future as a community process will be an important part of the summit.

Lastly, you may have ideas for how the module format could be improved (do we need things other than What, Why How and Examples; could the Example format be improved; are there things in addition to the individual modules that are needed). We will have a group discussion of these ideas too.

It is much to ask of you to come up to speed on a new format for describing pedagogic methods, to work on the modules, and to make recommendations regarding the module itself and the overall format. We think that having two groups working together who can share insights and respond to your ideas will make this easier. To that end, we have assigned you to the teams below. Each team contains one method for which there is a complete module and one for which there is a new module with only partial information. We think that those working on new modules can gain insight from their partners' examples; those with complete modules can bounce ideas for enhancements off their partners. We anticipate that these groups will work in proximity on Saturday morning to facilitate discussion and joint problem solving.

To view the modules, you will need to log into the SERC website. You have all been preapproved for access. All you need to do is to create an account at the prompt when you first try to access the page. If you have worked with SERC before and have already established an account " you are ready to go. There is a mechanism at the login page for resetting your password if you have forgotten it.

Pedagogic Module Teams
Team 1
Cooperative Learning - Karl Smith
POGIL - Sally Hunnicut, Ashley Mahoney

Team 2
JITT - Andy Garvin, Gregor Novak
Cooperative Problem Solving (" Ken Heller

Team 3
Investigative Case Based Learning - Using Investigative Cases - Ethel Stanley
Problem Based learning ( Deborah Allen, Kimberly Tanner

Team 4
SCALE-UP - Studio Teaching - Bob Beichner, Sharon Isern
Peer Led Team Learning - Pratibha Varma Nelson

Team 5
Personal Response Systems (Interactive lectures - " Brad Lister
Calibrated Peer Review ( Nancy Pelaez, Arlene Russell

Saturday, September 20

8:45 - 9:45 AM
Welcome by Brenda Lyseng.
Fishbowl for the workshop session on pedagogical pioneering, with Judy Dilts moderating.

9:50 - 11:30 AM
Developing the Pedagogic Modules
Participants will spend this time working on their own pedagogic modules and will produce

  • an improved module with more complete content
  • a set of suggestions for further improvements (word file uploaded to summit website before 12:00)

You are assigned to a team to facilitate this work. In addition, each team should consider the following questions in preparation for the 11:30 discussion:

  • What is the best approach to develop these materials as a companion to the Guide, as a site to inform "next-steps" to explore, adapt, implement and assess specific pedagogies of engagement?
  • What is the most efficient way to collect relevant materials and to develop this virtual/technology-driven resource that serves the larger community of PKAL collaborating partners?
  • What additional resources are needed (generically and specifically) to ensure success of pedagogies of engagement?

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Whole group discussion

  • Recommendations regarding modules, examples and other online materials to support faculty in implementing Pedagogies of Engagement
  • Thoughts regarding community processes for further developing these on-line materials
12:15 - 1:30 PM

Track 1

1:00 - 2:15 PM
Putting the pieces together I. (Pedagogical Pioneers)

  • What is now in place relative to the Guide and SERC?
  • What yet needs to be done by Sunday afternoon?
  • What might "next step" plans be?

Track 2

1:30 - 2:15 PM
Outlining PKAL Pedagogies of Engagement: 2008-2011 (Project Team and Collaborating Partners)

2:15 - 3:00 PM
An introduction to the Handbook (the third piece in the set of resources to be drafted/developed under this grant); plans for next

3:00 - 4:00 PM
Reporting out by workshop participants; Summit crew rejoining the workshop

4:00 - 5:00 PM
Time to clean up; relax. Teams will have to assist in preparing materials for printing to share on Sunday morning - the timeline is short but 30 pages should be easy to manage.

5:15 PM Until
Have fun and relax. Dinner at Gordy's Steakhouse

Sunday September 21

8:20 - 9:30 AM
Page by page critique of the Draft Guide

9:35 - 10:30 AM
Closing the circle on resources: Guide; SERC; and Handbook - next steps, including integrating continued development into the next PKAL proposal to NSF

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Picking up the pieces.

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