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CURE the teaching and research dilemma

Presented at the Opening Workshop for New STEM Educators, UW System Women and Science Program, Wisconsin Dells

Christopher Yahnke

on 7 September 2016

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Transcript of CURE the teaching and research dilemma

What's in your syllabus?
David Foster Wallace
You learn an enormous amount [when you teach]. The cliche turns out to be true: the teacher learns a lot more than the students. You do it for about two or three years, and then the curve falls off sharply.
(From 1997 Charlie Rose interview)
Is College Worth It? It Depends.
The "Big Six"
1. A professor who made them excited about learning
2. Professors who cared about them as a person
3. A mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams
4. Worked on a long-term project
5. Had a job or internship where they applied what they were learning
6. Were extremely involved in extra-curricular activities
Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)
Pilot Study - Spring 2015
CURE the teaching and research dilemma
Why does it fall off sharply?
Got Bata?
Christopher J. Yahnke, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
From Auchincloss et al. 2014
Start with Why!
Give them resources but let them struggle.
Build time into syllabus for data collection and analysis, but expect outside work as well.
Never underestimate your students. Do not set artificial bars.
Alex proudly shows the bat monitoring station in Schmeeckle as well as the habitat near the monitoring station.
Students researched the bats, learned the software, agreed on species specific acoustic signatures based on podcast training, and analyzed bat calls. Slide from Team 1 PowerPoint.
Slide from Team 2 Prezi
Team 1 and Team 2 presented similar data, and each immediately noticed a difference in results. This result is guiding a new study in my larger mammalogy class this fall.
Students organized data and decided how to best summarize the data for their final presentation. They learned Excel together, with little guidance from the instructor.
I put these lists into my syllabus and encourage my students to look for these opportunities throughout their college careers.
Remember kids, you are only limited by your creativity (um, and your course budget).
Why should this concern me?
Why did it take me so long to find my first job?
The more time and energy spent on teaching, which is extraordinarily hard to do well, the less time on your own work.
What the heck is think, pair, share?
Why should I care about this study?
Why are all the professor cartoons on the web bald white men?
Individuals (n=25)
Groups (n=10)
Kaleidoscope Auto ID pending grant proposal
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