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STEM Omelets: Lessons Relearned

Robert Paz (New Mexico State University, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 1:00pm
Blended Models & Course Design
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Plaza Ballroom F
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 1
Virtual Session
Best in Track

Omelets are blended and flipped. We consider how to give Team-Based, Flipped and Blended STEM courses a little spice.

Extended Abstract

The challenges of STEM education are manifold. STEM disciplines often require that students learn large amounts of content, much of which is not intuitive and/or is outside their realm of experience. Mathematics and math modeling are often essential tools that many students dont feel comfortable using. Most STEM textbooks would not be considered easy reading, and many STEM students dont like to read.
Blended, flipped, and team-based learning strategies are unleashing educators to tackle the rigors of STEM education head-on (Bishop & Verleger, 2013). The hurdles, however, are enormous and numerous (Freeman & Schiller, 2013).
This seminar is for every college-level STEM educator who wants to know
How best to prepare video content for their courses
Where to get free educational resources online
How to get students to view the content before coming to class
How to design team-based learning activities that align with their content
How to avoid common mistakes in both flipped and blended courses
The presentation slides will be available on the weblinks along with various other online educational resources.
Presentation Goals:
1. Compare traditional, online, team-based, and flipped classrooms along a number of dimensions important to STEM.
2. Explore the challenges of applying the various pedagogical methods in a STEM setting
3. Explore the opportunities presented by the availability of ubiquitous tools and technologies in STEM courses.
4. Share experience and resources for designing blended STEM courses

Freeman, C.F., and N.A. Schiller (2013), Case Studies and the Flipped Classroom. Retrieved from: http://archive.aacu.org/pkal/regionalnetworks/documents/CRWG-SPEE-REF-01...
Bishop, J.L., and M.A. Verleger (2013), The Flipped Classroom: A Survey of the Research, presented at the ASEE Annual Conference, and retrieved from: http://www.studiesuccesho.nl/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/flipped-classroo...

Lead Presenter

Robert Paz has been on the faculty of New Mexico State for 23 years. Dr. Paz believes in promoting teaching and learning and became the founding President of the University Teaching Council at NMSU. He has taught 23 different courses, of which, four are Blended Learning courses. He continually seeks ways to improve himself, his teaching and his students.


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