Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities (2017)

Undergraduate research has a rich history, and many practicing researchers point to undergraduate research experiences (UREs) as crucial to their own career success. There are many ongoing efforts to improve undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that focus on increasing the active engagement of students and decreasing traditional lecture-based teaching, and UREs have been proposed as a solution to these efforts and may be a key strategy for broadening participation in STEM. In light of the proposals questions have been asked about what is known about student participation in UREs, best practices in UREs design, and evidence of beneficial outcomes from UREs.


Bringing Theory to Practice Workshop – Click Your Way to Inclusive Classrooms!

i<Clicker or similar polling systems are tools that instructors can use to effectively implement active learning in the classroom. Well designed questions can provide instructors with real-time feedback to highlight misconceptions, increase curiosity, and prompt student peer discussion.

Come and learn how to set-up the interactive polling system using i<Clicker. This session will include getting the instructor kit installed onto your computer, getting students set-up correctly the first week, best practices for question design and polling use, and general troubleshooting and Q&A.

Sessions will be facilitated by Jonathan Rodgers, Deb Pires, and Kristin Strong.

Bring your laptop and a flash drive. RSVP here and let us know if you will need an instructor kit. Your TA can accompany you, but should not be sent in your place.

This workshop will be offered 3 times (choose one):

  • Monday March 6:      10:00am – 11:00am          Hershey Hall, Room 164
  • Monday March 13:    1:00pm – 2:00pm              Terasaki Life Sciences Building, 1100
  • Tuesday April 4:        12:30pm – 1:30pm             Terasaki Life Sciences Building, 1100


Meet Kristin Strong, Senior Technology Specialist at i>Clicker


Need help with i<Clicker? If you have a question or have experienced a technical issue and need assistance troubleshooting, please reach out to Kristin Strong. Kristin works closely with instructors across UCLA to quickly address any issues. Working with a support team, she can jump onto a screen-share to resolve your issue, troubleshoot over the phone, or set up an on-campus meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact Kristin at  kristin.strong@macmillan.com.

2017 UCLA Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
July 24-28, 2017 | University of California, Los Angeles

Applications now open!

The Summer Institute (SI) is a prestigious teaching development program that aims to improve college education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to enhance the academic success of all students by helping current and future faculty develop and adopt inclusive and effective teaching practices.

We invite faculty and instructors to participate in UCLA’s inaugural SI, which will draw on the expertise of both presenters and participants. Relevant education research, active learning, assessment, and inclusive teaching are woven into the program. The SI creates a forum to share ideas and develop innovative instructional materials to be implemented in your classroom.

Click here to learn more about the UCLA Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching.

Click here to apply!

New Masters of Arts in Learning and Design at Georgetown University

Georgetown University launches a new Master of Arts in Learning and Design program in Fall 2017. Focusing on instructional design, technology innovation, learning analytics and higher education leadership, the program is poised to train the next generation of leaders, who will drive learning forward. The program aims to equip students not only with key concepts in learning and design, but also opportunities for applied innovation in Georgetown’s Design Studio, where students can apply their knowledge in authentic classroom settings.

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Feel free to contact administrators directly at learninganddesign@georgetown.edu.