Starting in Fall 2013 the introductory biology course will conduct an experiment to create the first steps towards a highly structured course by utilizing online adaptive learning modules from Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative to “flip” course discussions away from basic information delivery to in-depth group exercises and greater practice working on deep biology problems. This project is in collaboration with the Gates Foundation, the Association of American Universities STEM initiative, the Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative, Prof. Freeman at University of Washington and the Biology department.
The first year introductory chemistry system (the placement exam, remedial course and three course introduction), is being re-envisioned to include evidence-based teaching practices while enhancing the excitement and overall course value. A faculty committee, with iAMSTEM support, will design and test new approaches over a multi-year experiment. This project is in collaboration with the Association of American Universities STEM initiative and the Chemistry department.
A new freshman course entitled Engineering Design and Communication, is under development. The course will feature working with campus clients on real engineering issues initially focused on energy efficiency. This project is in collaboration with the Association of American Universities STEM initiative and the College of Engineering.
The Physics 7 and 9 series, lecture and lab, are being evaluated to determine where alternative approaches will yield the greatest benefits to students. This project is in collaboration with the Association of American Universities STEM initiative and the Physics department.
Math and Statistics
We are working with faculty leaders in instruction to discuss the possibilities for curricular experimentation with introductory biology instruction.
Transfer Student Projects
ACCESS-R: Access of Community College Transfer Students to Research
The Office of Undergraduate Education through the iAMSTEM Hub is launching a program to support and transform the post-transfer experience of STEM underrepresented and first generation students. In 2014 the ACCESS-R program will serve 144 STEM transfer students in biology, chemistry and bioengineering related majors. Students will engage in introductory and exploratory research courses designed to support the development of research skills and facilitate the student integration and involvement within the campus research community.
iAMSTEM Hub will carry on a 4 year study to analyze and document strategies that lead to STEM transfer student success at UC Davis.
The SBCE project is developing applied case studies that provide high school students with the opportunity to analyze authentic data in order to answer complex, high-interest questions relating to cancer, health, and science.
UV Radical Ray Rampage is a video game designed to entertain, engage, and impact students’ awareness of the dangers of UV radiation and how to protect themselves so future risk of skin cancer is reduced. Winner of the 2012 Serious Play silver medal.
The Renewable Energy Systems Opportunity for Unified Research Collaboration and Education (RESOURCE) program leverages our campus commitment to energy research and partnerships with local Math and Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) elementary and middle schools to develop and demonstrate a reproducible model for Graduate/K-12 research and teaching partnerships.
In collaboration with the Registrar, Admissions and the Office of Institutional Analysis we have developed and continue to expand the development of easy to use academic analytics data and visualization tools for understanding student pathways through the myriad courses and programs at our university and better predict their success.