Beginning this October, UNO's STEM TRAIL Center is offering weekly opportunities to learn about a range of research, pedagogical and engagement skills tied to STEM-related fields.
All faculty, staff, graduate students or post-doctoral researchers are welcome to attend sessions being offered by the Center on the topics including classroom management, course development, grant writing and more.
Events will begin taking place Friday, Oct. 4, at the Thompson Alumni Center. Specific topics and guest speakers will be announced in advance on the STEM TRAIL Center website. Participants will also be able to RSVP directly from the website.
The schedule of each weekly topic is as follows:
First Friday of the Month
The first Friday of each month the STEM TRAIL Center will host a "Pedagogy Series," which will focus on translating best practices into the classroom in a meaningful, engaging way.
Second Friday of the Month
The second Friday of each month will feature workshop series focused on discipline-based learning, or DBER. DBER is is still a relatively new field, but offers the opportunity to be inclusive beyond the “typical” academic boundaries. The workshop will include ways to aid participants in developing and implementing DBER studies for student engagement, learning and retention.
Third Friday of the Month
The third Friday of each month will feature a DBER seminar series where local, regional and national speakers will discuss a variety of areas and sub-disciplines in DBER research.
Fourth Friday of the Month
The fourth Friday of each month will focus on grant writing. These workshops will be tailored to be specific to DBER and STEM education grant writing, primarily to NSF this year. This will include a hands-on, customized workshop to participants by facilitators with more than $30 million in NSF funding.
The UNO STEM Trail Center officially launched on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2019. As UNO's newest Center, the STEM TRAIL Center will help grow campus teaching, research and outreach programs to meet a pressing state and national need in workforce development and interdisciplinary STEM projects surrounding research as a pedagogical tool for life-long learning.
Additional information can be found in this Maverick Minute interview:
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