Evaluation of FLC

We are evaluating the impacts of the SIRIUS FLC using five levels of professional development assessment:
• Participation
• Satisfaction
• Learning
• Application
• Impacts on Student Learning

Highlights from our finding to date:

Approximately 40 faculty, staff and students from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Environmental Studies have participated in the SIRIUS FLC, which was initiated in June 2015 with the SIRIUS Summer Institute (SI).

Responses from an End-of-SI survey demonstrated high levels of satisfaction with the week’s activities. All responding participants reported that they felt that all six SI goals were met “fairly well” or “very well.” Greatest satisfaction was reported for the time allotted for course- and thread-teams to collaborate on their course designs.

Satisfaction with SI

Survey responses to questions focused on collaboration indicated that 100% of participants felt it was useful to work in teams consisting of faculty, staff, and students, and 92% also agreed it was useful to work in teams across courses.

In follow-up interviews with the Biology faculty, 33% of interviewees indicated that they were applying skills or strategies learned at the SI to activities other than their SIRIUS CURE curriculum. The majority said they were specifically using alternative assessment strategies and attempting to increase inquiry in their non-CURE courses.

As of Spring 2017, 8 of the 12 Biology CUREs/CURE modules have been implemented and 4 more courses are on track to run in Fall 2017.

Data collected from a survey conducted at the first Peer Review Workshop (May 2016), indicated that faculty benefitted from discussions with their peers and made plans to revise their curriculum as a result of the event.

PEW learning table

Additional data collected from facutly surveys and interviews, as well as data from the assessment of students in the implemented CUREs will be report in a future manuscript.