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

Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Using Lesson Study: Reporting on a Study of Faculty Development in Community Colleges

Lesson study has proven effective in improving student learning in K-12 mathematics. To understand lesson study at the postsecondary level, the Community College Research Center and Education Northwest engaged in a three-year, Institute of Education Sciences-funded project to adapt and implement the professional development model at three community colleges.

This webinar introduced lesson study, showcased new implementation resources, and reviewed research findings from the project. Participants also heard from faculty and leaders about how this approach can be used to address current challenges in postsecondary education.

Associated Papers


Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Jacqueline Raphael
Practice Expert, System Improvement
Education Northwest
Natalie Denny
Part-Time Instructor
Portland Community College
Michele Marden
Math Instructor
Portland Community College
Elizabeth Cox Brand
Executive Director
Student Success Center, Oregon Community College Association

Associated Project(s)