Upcoming Presentations

AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

Creative Strategies to Support Self-Directed Learning in Online Intro STEM Courses

In this session, researchers will report on findings from a study of the ways that instructors teaching online introductory STEM courses use instructional strategies and educational technology to help students develop self-directed learning (SDL) skills and mindsets like motivation, planning, help-seeking, and reflection. Drawing on 12 in-depth interviews with faculty members at community colleges and broad-access institutions, the presenters will describe how instructors are using creative strategies to set the foundation for students' development of SDL skills and mindsets at the start of online STEM courses and the ways they enable students to practice and grow their skills as the courses progress. The presenters will then engage participants in a discussion of how STEM classroom-level strategies can be supported through institutional policies and practices, how context and culture shape student learning, and how SDL strategies can better support students from diverse backgrounds.


Amy E. Brown, Research Associate, CCRC

Krystal Thomas, Education Researcher, SRI Education

Informational Webinar on CCRC's Guided Pathways Summer Institute

January 18, 2022

CCRC held an informational webinar on January 18 for colleges interested in applying for the 2022 Guided Pathways Summer Institute: Using Data to Launch Large-Scale Reform. The two-week, virtual institute will help participants build the skills and knowledge needed to lead college-wide student success efforts at their institutions using the guided pathways framework, which aims to help students choose, enter, and complete programs aligned with their goals for careers and further education.

All community colleges that are in the early stages of planning and implementing guided pathways reforms are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage colleges that have received minimal support or technical assistance with guided pathways and colleges that are located in rural and rural-serving areas to apply. The institute is free. Applications are due on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Two sessions will be held: June 6–16, 2022, and July 11–21, 2022.


Senior Research Associate and Director of Applied Learning
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center

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