The Personalized Learning Journey: Using Immersive Narrative-Driven Science Courses to Motivate At-Risk Students

Workshop Session 1

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Brief Abstract

What if you could teach with a course that was equal parts movie, with the interactivity and high production value digital natives have come to expect? Come learn about the creative process and curriculum innovation behind the development of HabWorlds and BioBeyond, two courses that are reimagining postsecondary science education. Hear how a key Teaching Partner, Miami Dade College, is scaling and evaluating learner success. This in-person workshop will consist of a mixture of hands-on demonstrations, guided discussions, and application activities to customize and implement web-based inquiry-based lessons.

Presenters

As the Director of the Inspark Teaching Network, David Schönstein supports the scaling and adoption of the science courses at colleges around the country. David routinely runs instructor workshops and training with partner colleges as well as supporting the research and evaluation team for this project. David Schönstein got his PhD in data mining and psychoacoustics, has worked as a Data Scientist, and currently is focused on scaling the Inspark Science Network for which Smart Sparrow is a Gates Foundation grantee.
Prof. Leon teaches a non-major biology course at Miami Dade College. Miami Dade College is a lead Teaching Partner of the Inspark Science Network, which has been part of the college’s professional development program for two years running, with 20 instructors already using the courseware in their courses. Prof. Leon has been teaching with BioBeyond in his introductory biology classes and has been involved in professional development workshops and conferences, Inspark research and evaluation, measuring improvements in students’ scientific reasoning.

Extended Abstract

Workshop Goal

This workshop  will help faculty familiarize themselves with and utilize web-based Next-Generation STEM courses that engage students thru inquiry-based learning. Participants will identify and discuss the benefits of inquiry-based learning. Curriculum alignment of lessons and the impact of Next-Generation STEM course materials on student motivation and engagement will be discussed throughout.

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of inquiry-based learning by experiencing an online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson.
  • Identify a place in their course(s) curriculum where an inquiry-based lesson could enhance student engagement and outcomes.
  • Review online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) implementation case studies and discuss impact on student motivation and student outcomes from research and evaluation to date.
  • Create and identify the steps to customize and implement an online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson.
  • Discuss best practices related to customizing and implementing an online Next-Generation STEM  (Inspark) lesson.
  • Begin the process of customizing and implementing a online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson in their own course(s).

Rationale

Education Through Exploration Engaging students in STEM subjects is difficult. With so many complex concepts and facts, how can educators present content and keep learners motivated and interested? Prof. Leon and Dr. Schönstein will discuss the value and use of inquiry-based Next-Generation STEM courses and lessons in education, from differentiated instruction, student motivation and outcomes. This hands-on workshop will include a demonstration of different lessons and the customization and implementation using web-based technology (Inspark). Participants will actively be engaged in selecting lessons that could be immediately launched and implemented in their classroom. The alignment of lessons and impact of inquiry-based Next-Generation STEM course materials that allow for student-driven exploration, differentiation of instruction and embedded student support will be discussed throughout.

Outline

Objective

Activities

Materials

Assessment

Identify the characteristics of inquiry-based learning by experiencing an online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson.

 

Review online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) implementation case studies and discuss impact on student motivation and student outcomes from research and evaluation to date.

 

Welcome by Dr. David Schönstein, Director of the Inspark Teaching Network

 

Setting the scene by Prof. Alfredo Leon from Miami Dade College

 

Course Experiences (Roundtables): Participants will be invited to see 2 - 3 lesson demos based on their subject area

 

 

Presentation

Interactive Demo with Faculty Leads

Questions in the General Assessment

List 3-5 characteristics of inquiry-based learning supported by the online Next-Generation STEM lessons.

Discuss how inquiry-based Next-Generation STEM online lessons can impact student motivation and outcomes.

Identify a place in their course(s) curriculum where an inquiry-based lesson could enhance student engagement and outcomes.

 

 

Brainstorm & Brunch

Review the Inspark curriculum

 

Guided table-talk

Lesson alignment with participant course objectives

 

Selection of lesson to meet the identified participant course objectives

Inspark Lesson Menu

Lesson Selection Worksheet

Lesson Selection Worksheet Assessment

  • Identify a course competency and course objective
  • Select an inquiry-based Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson and describe alignment with the selected  course objectives and course competencies
  • Write an inquiry-based goal statement for student learning using the lesson
  • Identify how the lesson will be implemented, for example:
    • consider format for blended, flipped or in class modalities
    • placement of the lesson, as the opening to a topic, supplemental material or assessment of a unit

Questions in the General Assessment

Please describe how you plan to incorporate an inquiry-based online Next-Generation STEM lesson into your courses. Please list any Inspark lessons you are interested in adopting so that a lesson expert can follow-up with you.

Create and identify the steps to customize and implement an online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson.

 

Discuss best practices related to customizing and implementing an online Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson.

Begin the process of customizing and implementing a online

 

Next-Generation STEM (Inspark) lesson in their own course(s).

Customizing and Implementing Lessons

  • Selecting your lessons
  • Customizing your lessons
  • Launching to your students
  • Track student progress with Analytics

Hands-on Customizing and Implementing Lesson Activity

  • Participants will all select and launch a lesson and preview it as a student.

Participants will select, customize and launch a lesson.

 

Questions in the General Assessment

How comfortable are you with the following (Likert 1-5):

Finding a lesson

Selecting a lesson

Incorporating the lesson

Customizing the lesson

Evaluating the results (analytics) of a lesson

 

Background

The Inspark Teaching Network is a community of educators, creating and sharing personalized learning experiences and next-generation courseware. The project is being supported by the newly formed Center for Education Through Exploration (ETX) at ASU, in collaboration with Smart Sparrow, a recent $4.5M Gates Foundation grantee for this project.

The Inspark Teaching Network  (https://inspark.education/biobeyond) is empowering educators to teach science as it really is: exploration of the unknown and not just mastery of what is known. The curriculum centers on compelling, real-world science problems, such as whether we are alone in the universe, engaging and motivating students. The next-generation learning experiences are customizable, personalized, emphasize active learning, and support the adoption of low-cost open educational resources. 

The hope is that this workshop will encourage the adoption of online inquiry-based teaching and learning Next-Generation STEM course innovation within Community Colleges. Participants in the workshop would be invited to a community to continue learning and collaboration beyond the event.