Webinars

Below is a list of current and previous ASCN webinars. For webinars that have already occurred, you can view the webinar recording and download presentation slides by visiting the webinar event page. See the webinar technology page for more information on connecting to the webinar and interacting with hosts and participants during the event.

Previous webinars: 2020| 2019 |2018 |2017

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Upcoming Webinars

Enabling Change Agents with Systems Thinking Tools

Presenters: Bill Davis, Washington State University, Pam Pape-Lindstrom, Harford Community College, and Gary Reiness, Lewis and Clark University

The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) is an organization dedicated to working with STEM departments to ensure they align their curricula and other activities with research-based practices. A subgroup, the Northwest PULSE Fellows, obtained NSF RCN-UBE funding to design and facilitate workshops for life sciences faculty from a diverse group of colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest. Over 5 years, approximately 65 (of 140) institutions sent teams of 3-6 faculty and administrators to a workshop intended to empower them as change agents. During the 3-day workshop, each school developed a five-year action plan to revise their curriculum and transform their department in order to better educate all of their students.  We framed the workshop around the tenets of systems thinking and provided participants training on the skills they would need to engage their entire department, including colleagues not present at the workshop, so that they might achieve department-wide goals. Prior to the workshops, each individual completed portions of the PULSE rubrics or the Snapshot rubric. Initial conversations within the team helped them to come to consensus on their current status. Conversations about the rubrics also helped them determine areas where their departments had room for improvement. Participants learned how to engage a group in a visioning exercise, and how to translate the results of that exercise into a specific action plan.  In addition, because departments are themselves complex systems embedded in even more complex systems in higher education, we focused on providing skills for thinking about systems holistically, rather than tackling issues one at a time, which can cause unanticipated consequences. Participants were encouraged to identify champions and envision solutions with the most leverage within their system, that would enable significant buy-in and change.

We will describe the structure of the workshops, give a brief overview of the systems thinking tools we utilized, and present assessment results that demonstrate that teams who employed systems thinking skills were more likely to have enacted meaningful curricular and pedagogical change.  

Previous Webinars

2020 Webinars

National Academies Graphical Notes Circle Transforming the Conversation about Teaching Evaluation in Higher Education: Thoughts from the National Academies' Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education

May 19, 2020 at 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenters: Andrea Greenhoot (University of Kansas), Ann Austin (Michigan State University), Noah Finkelstein (University of Colorado Boulder), and Kerry Brenner (National Academies)


Small group discussion circle The 7 Habits of Highly Effective STEM Department Chairs

April 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: Bob Hilborn (American Association of Physics Teachers) and David Craig (Oregon State University)


Drinking water circle Leading Change with Design Thinking: A collaborative model of course transform using approaches for solving wicked problems

February 12, 2020 at 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Nick Swayne, Bernie Kaussler, Patrice Ludwig, and Sean McCarthy (James Madison University)

2019 Webinars

National Academies Graphical Notes Circle Envisioning the Future of STEM Education: The National Academies' Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education

December 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Presenters: Ann E. Austin (Michigan State University), Noah Finkelstein (University of Colorado Boulder), and Kerry Brenner (The National Academies)


Group work photo circle Collaborative Dynamics in Collective STEM Reform Initiatives

October 24, 2019 at 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenter: Lucas B. Hill (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


participants instructor workshop circle Spreading Evidence-Based Instructional Practices: Leveraging Peer Observation for Institutional Change

May 30, 2019 at 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Stephanie Salomone, Heather Dillon, Eric Anctil, Tara Presholdt, and Valerie Peterson (University of Portland)


Engineering students circle Transforming Engineering Education Through the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) Program

May 16, 2019 at 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenter: Julie Martin (National Science Foundation)


SEI_handbook_circle Embedding education specialists within departments to catalyze change

February 28, 2019 at 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Warren Code (University of British Columbia) and Stephanie Chasteen (University of Colorado Boulder)

2018 Webinars

tanner department photo circle Collectively Improving Our Teaching: A department-wide professional development program resulting in widespread change

November 7, 2018 at 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenter: Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University)


leadership opps circle Using an Evidence-Based Approach to Develop a Culture of Shared Leadership for Change

October 29, 2018 at 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenters: Susan Elrod (University of Wisconsin - Whitewater), Judith Ramalay (Portland State University)


MACH workshop 1113 circle Change Leadership 101

September 26, 2018 at 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Julia M. Williams, Eva Andrijcic, and Sriram Mohan (Rose Hulman Institute of Technology)


toolbox_circle The Change Maker's Toolkit: Preparing Faculty and Administrators to Make Academic Change Happen

May 16th, 2018 at 9:30 am PT |10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET

Presenter: Julia M. Williams, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


student tech stem circle Creating a Unified Community of Support: Increasing Success for Underrepresented Students in STEM

March 28th, 2018 at 9:30 am PT |10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET

Presenter: Elizabeth Holcombe, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California


Handshake Circle Developing and Sustaining Effective Partnerships to Advance Change in STEM Higher Education

February 21st, 2018 at 9:30am PT |10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET

Presenters: Marilyn Amey, Michigan State University; Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University; and Lucas Hill, University of Wisconsin - Madison


fac discussion circle Faculty Adoption of STEM Education Reforms: From Constraint to Possibility

January 17th, 2018 at 9:30am PT |10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET

Presenter: Cassandra Volpe Horii, Founding Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach at the California Institute of Technology; President-Elect of the POD Network in Higher Education

2017 Webinars

Group work circle Launching and Leading Change in STEM Education

October 27th, 2017 at 9:30 am PT | 10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET

Presenter: Judith Ramaley, Portland State University



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