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

Using Lesson Study to Improve Teaching and Learning

March 01, 2020
Seattle, WA

This presentation described Lesson Study—a structured, collaborative professional development approach to supporting instructors' improvement of learning in classrooms. Presenters shared experiences and findings from a research project on the implementation of Lesson Study among developmental mathematics faculty at three community colleges. They also discussed the feasibility of Lesson Study as a strategy for professional development in higher education.


Carrie Kyser
Math Instructor
Clackamas Community College
Jacqueline Raphael
Practice Expert, System Improvement
Education Northwest
Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center

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