Development of cost effective strategies for teaching, learning and assessing scientific reasoning abilities in large face-to-face and distance education general science courses

Title Development of cost effective strategies for teaching, learning and assessing scientific reasoning abilities in large face-to-face and distance education general science courses
Faculty/College/Unit Science
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Sara Harris
Year 1: Funded Amount 111,786
Year 1: Team Members

Francis Jones, 12-mth Lecturer, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS), Faculty of Science
Brett Gilley, Instructor, EOS, Faculty of Science / Vantage College
May Ver, 12-month Lecturer, EOS, Faculty of Science
Roland Stull, Professor, EOS, Faculty of Science
Stuart Sutherland, Professor of Teaching, EOS, Faculty of Science
Susan Hollingshead, Instructor, EOS, Faculty of Science
Kirsten Hodge, Sessional Instructor, EOS, Faculty of Science / Curator, Pacific Museum of the Earth

Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 2: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Sara Harris
year-2 funded-amount 65,202
Year 2: Team Members

Francis Jones, 12-mth Lecturer, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOS), Faculty of Science
Brett Gilley, Instructor, EOS, Faculty of Science / Vantage College
May Ver, 12-month Lecturer, EOS, Faculty of Science
Roland Stull, Professor, EOS, Faculty of Science
Stuart Sutherland, Professor of Teaching, EOS, Faculty of Science
Susan Hollingshead, Instructor, EOS, Faculty of Science
Kirsten Hodge, Sessional Instructor, EOS, Faculty of Science / Curator, Pacific Museum of the Earth

Project Summary

We propose to improve students’ abilities to apply scientific knowledge, data and reasoning to personal and societal decisions, a primary educational goal for a scientifically literate society. In EOSC114, The Catastrophic Earth - taught annually to over 2000 face-to-face (f2f) and distance education (DE) students - we will re-configure existing content within a natural hazards risk- assessment framework and build corresponding learning activities and assessments for both the f2f and DE settings. Learning activities will explicitly address student motivation and will include practice with scientific thinking, opportunities for student choice, and a real or virtual field experience. Students will work creatively and collaboratively towards making contributions every term to a permanent collection of course resources. Assessments of thinking skills, attitudes and knowledge will be developed to support learning and evaluate students’ learning gains. We will also characterize the efficiency, sustainability and transferability of these teaching, learning and assessment strategies.