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Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club

The Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club, a cooperative effort of the Teaching Effectiveness Program and the Science Literacy Program, will continue to explore methods for improving teaching and increasing students’ science literacy. We will discuss how to apply these ideas to our classrooms. Participants are invited to join the whole series or stop by for a specific conversation.

We will have two meetings for participants to choose from each week:

Thursdays at 9:00 am in 225 Streisinger Hall (Novick Room), facilitated by Julie Mueller of TEP
OR
Fridays at 4:00 pm in 217 Lewis Integrative Sciences Building, facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program

Please join us for our first meetings January 10 or 11, where we will discuss our focus for the rest of the quarter. Send any questions you may have to jmueller@uoregon.edu.

Readings, discussion summaries, and Teaching Take-Aways (cogent teaching advice derived from our journal club discussions) are now available in several locations:


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Week 1:

In our meetings this week we will outline our plans for the quarter, and then turn our attention to two papers that discuss how to transform an existing course from being primarily lecture-based to mostly using active learning activities to engage students. Please read:

We will be doing some activities that require a basic familiarity with the papers, so please have a look at them!

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Week 2:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will start our reading of Scientific Teaching, by Jo Handelsman, Sarah Miller, and Christine Pfund. Please read Chapter 1: Scientific Teaching before our meetings this week. The Science Literacy Program has a limited number of copies of the book available to loan. If you would like one of these, please contact Elly Vandegrift (ellyvan@uoregon.edu). Some people indicated a preference for buying the book, available from Amazon and other sources. If you have ordered a copy that has not yet arrived and would like a pdf of the first chapter, please contact Julie Mueller (jmueller@uoregon.edu).

In last week’s very dynamic, enjoyable, and hopefully useful journal club sessions, we demonstrated the use of some of the active learning techniques we have been talking about for a while. Several people indicated, though, that they still have difficulty knowing exactly how to implement such techniques in their particular courses. To start to address this problem, this week we're going to get specific! To help us along, please think of an topic or two you have had trouble teaching.

We would also like to invite anyone who is interested in continuing the conversation about the SLP Graphicacy Tool and finalizing 10 sample graphs and questions to join us on Tuesday, January 22nd. A doodle poll is available to help us schedule a time.

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Week 3:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club, we will continue our reading of Scientific Teaching, by Handelsman, Miller, and Pfund. Please read Chapter 2: Active Learning, but skip page 32 (and 136, if you're reading ahead!) as it contains some material we would like to uncover during our meetings.

If you do not yet have a copy of the book, please contact Julie Mueller (jmueller@uoregon.edu) for a pdf copy of this week's chapter.

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Week 4:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will continue our discussion of Scientific Teaching’s Chapter 2: Active Learning. If you didn’t read it for last week, you’ve got another chance. If you did read it, you have no homework!

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Week 5:

Week 5:
This week, we will continue our reading and discussion of Scientific Teaching, by Handelsman, Miller, and Pfund. Please read Chapter 3: Assessment.

If you do not yet have a copy of the book, please contact Elly (ellyvan@uoregon.edu) for a pdf copy of this week's chapter.

Note also that this is Week 5 of the quarter, a great time to get some student feedback about how things are going in your course! TEP recommends asking a few simple questions, with perhaps a few others to address issues specific to your course. Consider asking these questions which are much like the plus/delta that we tried in journal club:

· What’s working well in the course and helping you learn?
· What constructive suggestions do you have for improving the course?

Once students have completed the survey, thank the students and talk about the results in class, even if you won’t be implementing any of their suggestions! This makes the students feel that you actually care what they think, making them more likely to evaluate you favorably in the future. The conversation also makes it more likely that you will follow through on any planned changes. For details on how to implement the survey, please see the TEP website at: http://tep.uoregon.edu/services/midtermfeedback/midtermfeedback.html

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Week 6:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will continue our discussion of Scientific Teaching's Chapter 3: Assessment. If you didn’t read it for last week, you’ve got another chance. If you did read it, you have no homework!

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Week 7:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will continue our reading of Handelsman, Miller, and Pfund’s Scientific Teaching, focusing our attention on Chapter 4: Diversity. In addition, we will also read two short documents created for “The International Classroom,” a recent UO workshop co-sponsored by the American English Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, and TEP. The workshop focused on the teaching implications of the increase in the UO’s international student population and provided strategies and advice for teaching an international cohort. Very germane to this week’s journal club material! Please contact Julie Mueller (jmueller@uoregon.edu) for copies of these files.

To continue the conversation after journal club on Friday, February 22nd please join us at McMenamins on 19th and Agate (after 5pm) for more conversations with our colleagues.

Spring Term Elly Vandegrift and Mark Carrier will be teaching a new pedagogy class (Bi 407/507 Sem: Teaching Science) open to all undergraduate students and graduate students. We hope you'll consider registering!

Bi 407/507 CRN 37783,1 credit
Course Description: This objective of the seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about, discuss, and practice implementing scientific teaching evidence-based pedagogy. By the end of the term, students will be able to:

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Week 8:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will continue our study of Handelsman, Miller, and Pfund's Scientific Teaching. Please read Chapter 5: A Framework for Constructing a Teachable Unit.

Also, please note that "The University of Oregon's Summer Academy To Inspire Learning (SAIL) – a pipeline program that helps make higher education a realistic goal for disadvantaged middle school and high school students – is looking for UO professors, GTFs and students to conduct visits at local schools."

For more information, please see

http://around.uoregon.edu/story/academics/uos-sail-program-seeks-volunteers-school-visits

Bi 407/507 CRN 37783,1 credit
Course Description: This objective of the seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about, discuss, and practice implementing scientific teaching evidence-based pedagogy. By the end of the term, students will be able to:

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Week 9:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will finish up our discussion of Handelsman, Miller and Pfund’s Scientific Teaching. Please read Chapter 6: Institutional Transformation.
Also, note that in Spring Term Elly Vandegrift and Mark Carrier will be teaching a new pedagogy class (Bi 407/507 Sem: Teaching Science) open to all undergraduate students and graduate students. We hope you'll consider registering!

Bi 407/507 CRN 37783,1 credit
Course Description: This objective of the seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about, discuss, and practice implementing scientific teaching evidence-based pedagogy. By the end of the term, students will be able to:

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Week 10:

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will have a guest, so you have no homework! Will Myers from the Interactive Media Group will come to show us the Graphicacy tool that they have been developing. As many of you are aware, a group of interested faculty have been hard at work with IMG to design a tool for improving students’ graph-reading and interpretation skills. A beta version of the Graphicacy tool is now ready for field-testing in several courses during the spring term. The upcoming field test will provide an opportunity to gauge the tool’s effectiveness and provide a basis for modifications to be made after this first implementation.

We will also spend a few minutes discussing the plan for next quarter’s journal club meetings. To help us continue to improve the journal club, we'd like to ask that you please take 5-10 minutes to provide some feedback about your experience with the journal club during Winter Term. We look forward to reading your comments and continuing to make improvements. Follow the link below to complete the survey:

https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cIILoOoGCkg8btz

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