ASCN Blog

'Eat Your Veggies' Research: Why I pursue qualitative research for an audience of quantitative-minded engineering educators


Posted: Oct 14 2020 by

Stephen Secules
Florida International University
Stephen Secules, Florida International University

Target Audience: Institution Administration, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, Non-tenure Track Faculty, College/University Staff
Program Components: Professional Development:Cultural Competency, Diversity/Inclusion, Pedagogical Training

In conversations on equity and education, I often hear people claim a certain relationship between qualitative and quantitative research— qualitative research can explore new complex topics in depth, so that subsequent quantitative research can demonstrate the trend. Further, if you want to convince an engineering or STEM educator of something, that quantitative trend will be crucial. Since the educator audience values numbers, the qualitative descriptions or arguments will be perceived as anecdotal. More

The Change Dashboard: A Planning Tool for Successful Change


Posted: Sep 16 2020 by

Kate White
Western Michigan University
Charles Henderson
Western Michigan University
Kate White (Western Michigan University), ASCN Research Director
Charles Henderson (Western Michigan University)

Have you wanted to change something at your institution, but weren't sure how to actually get to your goal from where you are now? Have you tried to make change happen, but found that your actions did not achieve the results you were hoping for? Change projects often fail because change agents do not fully understand the system that they are trying to change and do not have a clearly articulated change plan. Planning for effective and sustainable change is difficult and many change initiatives fail to reach their goals. More

Instructional Change Teams: An Exploratory Model


Posted: Aug 24 2020 by

Amreen Thompson
Texas State University-San Marcos
Amreen Nasim Thompson, Texas State University-San Marcos

Change Topics (Working Groups): Change Leaders
Target Audience: Teaching/Learning Assistants, Institution Administration, College/University Staff, Non-tenure Track Faculty, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty
Program Components: Institutional Systems:Interdepartmental Collaboration

Over the past several years, our research team has been investigating factors that influence how instructional change teams collaborate to improve undergraduate STEM instruction. Our research revolves around a model we have developed to examine and interpret the effectiveness of instructional change teams in higher education. We define an instructional change team as a group of three or more instructors or other stakeholders who come together regularly to work on course design or redesign. This post will discuss the development and current state of our instructional change teams model. More

Start somewhere: Resources on equity and inclusion for STEM and higher education


Posted: Jun 9 2020 by
Kate White
Western Michigan University
Naneh Apkarian
Western Michigan University
Kate White (Western Michigan University), ASCN Research Director
Naneh Apkarian (Western Michigan University)
Change Topics (Working Groups): Equity and Inclusion
Target Audience: Post-doctoral Fellows, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, Institution Administration, In-Service K12 Teachers, College/University Staff, Non-tenure Track Faculty
Program Components: Professional Development:Diversity/Inclusion

These recent articles and resources are meant to serve as a starting point for learning about equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice - with a particular focus on addressing systemic anti-Black racism - within STEM and higher education. This list of resources is long, but not by any means exhaustive. As change agents and scholars, we know that effecting change requires informed action. We hope you will use these and other resources to develop concrete and informed action plans. Please use the comments to share additional resources and concrete actions being taken by you and your institution.

We also invite you to join the conversation in our Equity and Inclusion Working Group. If you would like to join, please fill out the form to Join the Network and indicate that you would like to join Working Group 5 (Equity & Inclusion).

On Wednesday, June 10, we join the movement to #ShutdownSTEM. More

COVID-19 Recommended Resources from ASCN


Posted: Mar 25 2020 by
Kate White
Western Michigan University
Kate White (Western Michigan University), ASCN Research Director
Target Audience: Institution Administration, Teaching/Learning Assistants, Post-doctoral Fellows, Non-tenure Track Faculty, Graduate Students, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty, College/University Staff, In-Service K12 Teachers
Program Components: Professional Development:Pedagogical Training, Institutional Systems:Technological Infrastructure, Professional Development:Accessibility, Curriculum Development

Updated: 6/4/20

We know that many of you are dealing with changes at your institutions as we all come together to flatten the curve. Many organizations have been sharing resources and guidance for remote work, online teaching, and more. In this post you'll find links to some recommended resources that we have collected. Our regular events (webinars, working group meetings, etc.) are continuing -- please contact us if you would like to get involved!

We will continue to update this post as needed. More
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