1. Victoria Bhavsar
  2. Director
  3. Polytechnic for All: STEM Success via an Inclusive Institution
  4. California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  1. Paul Beardsley
  2. Faculty Director
  3. Polytechnic for All: STEM Success via an Inclusive Institution
  4. California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Public Discussion

Continue the discussion of this presentation on the Multiplex. Go to Multiplex

  • Icon for: Paul Beardsley

    Paul Beardsley

    Co-Presenter
    Faculty Director
    May 9, 2022 | 04:58 p.m.

    Greetings! I'm Paul Beardsley from Cal Poly Pomona where I direct the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and am a Professor in Biology. We are excited to share our project with you and would love to learn more from the community. We'd love to hear about the following questions, or others!

    1) Are you implementing motivation-related interventions in STEM courses, especially at a Minority-Serving Institution? We've learned a great deal from randomized controlled studies of a relevance (utility value) intervention in physics and calculus.

    2) What opportunities and challenges have you encountered offering professional development for inclusive teaching?

    3) Do you offer supplemental instruction in engineering? We've learned a lot about supporting SI through the use of technology in sophomore and junior level engineering courses.

    4) Would you like to learn more about tools to promote active participation and to make student thinking visible in Calculus? Check out the growing library of questions and our professional development guide for using ConcepTests at CPP ConcepTests for Calculus.

     
    1
    Discussion is closed. Upvoting is no longer available

    Agda Cordero
  • Icon for: Ekundayo Shittu

    Ekundayo Shittu

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 10, 2022 | 10:52 a.m.

    "The more we know our students, the better we can shape those learning experiences." Solid observation about student's sense of belonging. This is a great project! I voted!!

  • Icon for: Paul Beardsley

    Paul Beardsley

    Co-Presenter
    Faculty Director
    May 11, 2022 | 11:30 a.m.

    Wonderful! Thank you for this encouraging comment.

  • Icon for: Karen Mutch-Jones

    Karen Mutch-Jones

    Facilitator
    Senior Researcher/Center Director
    May 10, 2022 | 11:19 a.m.

    This is an exciting project--attending to student persistence and incorporating strategies to increase their sense of belonging in math and science is critical! You identify many ways in which you are helping to increase faculty awareness and inclusive teaching--which ones have been the most successful from a faculty perspective?  I assume that the concept tests that reveal student thinking would be an incredible resource for faculty, and I would love to hear more about them.  

    Thank you for sharing your project and for conducting this important research. 

  • Icon for: Victoria Bhavsar

    Victoria Bhavsar

    Lead Presenter
    Director
    May 10, 2022 | 01:45 p.m.

    Hi, I'm Victoria Bhavsar at Cal Poly Pomona, the director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence.  The PASSION project has been the best thing I've done at CPP, I think, with the group of faculty PI's and their ideas and commitment to their students.

    Karen, imo the most important thing about increasing awareness about inclusive teaching is to keep talking about it!  All the time, everywhere, at every scale and at every opportunity.  It is not *fast* but it does sink in.  One of the best tools I have is a sample syllabus; every new faculty member who hits campus wants a syllabus, so I give 'em this:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1F_zWTLQ...

    It was developed as part of, and very much informed by, the PASSION activities.

    I love those concept tests in Calculus.  Wish we'd had them back in the day!

     

  • Icon for: Karen Mutch-Jones

    Karen Mutch-Jones

    Facilitator
    Senior Researcher/Center Director
    May 12, 2022 | 06:56 p.m.

    Hi Victoria--thanks for sharing samples of syllabi.  Having something concrete that aligns with the goals of the project and demonstrates how inclusive practices can be incorporated throughout the course must be helpful for new faculty...I imagine seasoned faculty might benefit too! Loved the email template--a good resource for faculty too.  It made me wonder how students reacted to it, since the message was both informative and inviting.  Thank you for sharing.

  • Icon for: Paul Beardsley

    Paul Beardsley

    Co-Presenter
    Faculty Director
    May 11, 2022 | 11:33 a.m.

    Hi- This is Paul Beardsley again. I would like to highlight the tremendous work by Dr. Viviane Seyanian and Dr. Ian Thacker (from UT San Antonio) and team studying online teaching practices that support under-represented undergraduate students’ feelings of belonging and engagement in STEM during the pandemic. read about what they found here: https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7102/12/2/61

  • Icon for: Lelli Van Den Einde

    Lelli Van Den Einde

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2022 | 04:05 p.m.

    Have you considered also teaching your students spatial visualization skills, which are fundamental to STEM success and is especially well suited to support URMs? If so, check out eGrove Education's video. It might be a nice module you can include in your amazing program. I believe several faculty in your engineering program are already using the Spatial Kids software and are seeing great retention and self-efficacy. 

  • Icon for: Chris Atchison

    Chris Atchison

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 11, 2022 | 05:13 p.m.

    Excellent project, folks. Sense of Belonging is so critical for broadening participation. In addition to your current strategies, do you have opportunities for students to support faculty development?  Reverse the roles. Students from underrepresented identities are experts with experiences many faculty just do not have. How can you allow them to share this expertise and help the faculty truly know who their students are?  

    Thank you for doing this work.  

  • Icon for: Paul Beardsley

    Paul Beardsley

    Co-Presenter
    Faculty Director
    May 11, 2022 | 05:29 p.m.

    Hello Chris-

    Yes, fantastic points. We are firm believers in the value of hearing and incorporating students' voices into professional development. As just a couple of examples, Dr. Viviane Seyranian and her team did extensive interviews with students to develop a better understanding of students' specific experiences in calculus and physics to develop the utility value and belonging interventions. We are now using her insights to inform PD around these topics.

    We also are having faculty participate in the Motivating Learners course from the motivate lab at U Virginia. In this course, faculty give open ended motivation surveys to get more insights into students' experiences. We then work to use these insights to inform our teaching. It leads to wonderful discussions and insights when faculty work together on these observations.

     
    1
    Discussion is closed. Upvoting is no longer available

    Chris Atchison
  • Icon for: Victoria Bhavsar

    Victoria Bhavsar

    Lead Presenter
    Director
    May 13, 2022 | 11:40 a.m.

    @Chris, we also have students participate in New Faculty Orientation. It's a small step, but consistent.

     
    1
    Discussion is closed. Upvoting is no longer available

    Chris Atchison
  • Icon for: Chris Atchison

    Chris Atchison

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 14, 2022 | 03:12 p.m.

    Great idea, Victoria!  Would love to hear about the feedback from the faculty and the students on how that works. This is a model that needs to be replicated!

  • Icon for: Catherine Horn

    Catherine Horn

    Facilitator
    Moores Professor and Chair
    May 11, 2022 | 09:45 p.m.

    Paul- GREAT project. Really excited, in particular, about your focus on sense of belonging as a critical precondition to academic success through related interventions. I would love to hear more about two aspects of your project. First, how you are working with faculty to engage with increasing success in inclusive teaching? Do you have recommendations about curricular elements, experiential opportunities and/or other important learnings that would help others in similar efforts? Also, related,  I would love to hear more about your theory of action in connecting inclusive teaching and student sense of belong and student learning. It is such a critical through line; folks could benefit from hearing that articulated.

    Thanks for the important work you all are doing!

  • Icon for: Victoria Bhavsar

    Victoria Bhavsar

    Lead Presenter
    Director
    May 13, 2022 | 11:49 a.m.

    Hi Catherine, I'd say our theory of action is....underdeveloped, so thanks for the suggestion!  I personally rely on some of the research out of UVA regarding "promising" syllabi, and extrapolate it to language and policies generally: if a professor is welcoming in their language and their practices, students will feel more (relatively) welcome in the class and are more (relatively) likely to learn and succeed. But like I say, we could use some work on a ToA.

    Frankly....I find it difficult to convince faculty who are not already motivated in this area to try new things or to get motivated in this area.  For those who are willing to try new things, follow-up, follow-up, follow-up, follow-up is necessary to make it stick, which is 1) really hard because it takes a tremendous amount of energy even if not as much time as I perceive; and 2) ironic, because if it's so hard for us (faculty in general) to learn and internalize and really implement new ways of teaching consistently, why are we surprised when learning and persistence in implementing new skills is hard for students?!

    If faculty are motivated, then talking to others who are similarly motivated is terrific!  So, my next strategy is going to be peer coaching dyads.

  • Icon for: Paul Beardsley

    Paul Beardsley

    Co-Presenter
    Faculty Director
    May 13, 2022 | 12:47 p.m.

    Hi Catherine, Thanks for your enthusiasm for our project. We feel honored that our faculty are open to working with us on these crucial issues.

    To build on what Victoria shared, we recognize that faculty are coming to this work with a range of levels of motivation and a range of comfort with some of these topics. They also come with a range of barriers to being able to do this work, for example many of the courses that are vital for establishing belonging and inclusion at the beginning of a students’ career in STEM are taught by lecturers who have large demands on their time.

    In response, we are facilitating a large number of different types of PD interventions to support inclusive teaching, with lots of different on-ramps for faculty so we can “meet them where they are.” Victoria has run highly successful summer institutes that focus on topics like engaging students virtually and mastery-based grading. She is also facilitating longer professional learning communities and many other opportunities. We are also trying to reach faculty in other ways, such as Dr. Arlo Caine in mathematics and statistics offering PD specifically for lecturers teaching calculus in which they work together to make student thinking visible and practice responding to student ideas using ConcepTests, an important inclusive teaching strategy. Dr. Jessica Perez is also working with faculty in Engineering who use supplemental instructors to practice more active learning techniques. We have also had some success using faculty embedded in science departments to recruit participants in PD, for example we’ve had 40 faculty (tenure track and lecturers) in biology and chemistry engage with a Motivating Learners course from the Motivate Lab at UVA. Finally, faculty have been valuable partners in our randomized controlled studies of belonging and relevance led by Dr. Viviane Seyranian. The research hook has been an interesting way to get some faculty further engaged in learning about inclusive strategies. We are excited to learn more about these various approaches and our external evaluator Dr. Susan Tucker is hard at work analyzing related data! We will be able to share more next year.

  • May 12, 2022 | 04:54 p.m.

    Science identity is so important for faculty and students. We support the same at the Journal of Emerging Investigators. If your grads are interested, we may have an opportunity for them to volunteer as reviewers for middle and high school students. Very impressive work!

  • Icon for: Victoria Bhavsar

    Victoria Bhavsar

    Lead Presenter
    Director
    May 13, 2022 | 11:41 a.m.

    Oh, that is super cool!  What a great experience for everyone all around, I love that.  I'll advise our Academic Innovation group about this, they are trying to encourage CURES and that woudl be a great step in some cases.

  • Icon for: Agda Cordero

    Agda Cordero

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 15, 2022 | 11:42 a.m.

    Great project! Sense of belonging and representation are such important factors in students success!

  • May 15, 2022 | 12:28 p.m.

    Thanks, Agda!

  • To post to this discussion go to