University of British Columbia

To enable the Bay View Alliance to accelerate the rate of adaptation, exploration, and effective integration of methods of instruction that better support improved student learning, targeting key STEM gateway courses

  • Amount $803,943
  • City Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Investigator Lorne Whitehead
  • Year 2012
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

Though studies indicate that pedagogy that incorporates "active learning" results in significantly higher student outcomes, the traditional "professors lecture, students listen" teaching format remains stubbornly predominant in STEM higher education. This grant funds a project by the Bay View Alliance (BVA), a consortium of seven large public flagship universities in the U.S. and Canada, to jointly study the features of institutional and faculty culture that inhibit the spread of new pedagogical techniques and approaches inside colleges and universities. The BVA will design, implement, and then evaluate a series of small interventions at member colleges aimed at increasing our understanding of how university administrators can best support improvements in student learning. Grant funds support the development of the administrative and organizational infrastructure necessary to manage the project; the creation of shared protocols for the conduct of research; the design, implementation and analysis of interventions; and the dissemination of results and findings.

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