NSF DUE - Interview Talk - May03


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My presentation for the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education for my Program Director interview. I got the position. My powerpoint style and content have evolved a lot over the last 7 years.

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NSF DUE - Interview Talk - May03

  1. 1. Teaching is Learning NSF - Division of Undergrad Ed Liz Dorland - May 2003
  2. 2. Personal Background <ul><li>Lived (till age 8) on a farm in SE Nebraska </li></ul><ul><li>Attended Kansas State </li></ul><ul><li>Grad school at Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>Diablo Valley College </li></ul><ul><li>Beirut </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle </li></ul><ul><li>Amherst </li></ul><ul><li>Phoenix </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ <ul><li>Phoenix metro area </li></ul><ul><li>Maricopa Community College District </li></ul><ul><li>Largest of 10 campuses </li></ul><ul><li>26,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>300 full-time faculty </li></ul><ul><li>800 adjunct faculty </li></ul><ul><li>80 retired (49%) faculty </li></ul>
  4. 4. Physical Science Dept. at MCC <ul><li>Chemistry, physics, geology, engineering </li></ul><ul><li>7 full-time chemistry faculty, 14 adjunct </li></ul><ul><li>Course Sections per semester (lecture, lab): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundamental Chemistry (11, 19) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Chemistry I and II (15, 17) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundamental Organic Chemistry (1, 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Organic Chemistry I and II (2, 3) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Teaching Experience <ul><li>Mesa Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Glendale Community College </li></ul><ul><li>American International College </li></ul><ul><li>Springfield Technical Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Amherst College </li></ul><ul><li>Shoreline Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle Central Community College </li></ul><ul><li>University of Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Diablo Valley College </li></ul><ul><li>Merritt College </li></ul><ul><li>U.C. Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>Kansas State University </li></ul>
  6. 6. Some Current and Prior Projects <ul><li>Computerized data collection in lab </li></ul><ul><li>Chime web pages </li></ul><ul><li>WebCT quizzes and course content </li></ul><ul><li>Student Digital Video Project </li></ul>
  7. 7. Data Collection with Computers
  8. 8. Chime Resources
  9. 10. WebCT Course Materials
  10. 17. Calcuation Question <ul><li>WebCT Question types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short answer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Matching </li></ul></ul>
  11. 19. “ I found the homework quizzes to be really useful. They forced me to keep up with the homework assignments and showed me what I still needed to study after I took the quiz. I also loved the fact that we could do the quizzes online. It was very convenient.”
  12. 20. Current WebCT Quiz Format <ul><li>Weekly homework quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>10 points each, lowest dropped (100 pts) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions selected from publisher’s database (provides 100-200 per chapter) </li></ul><ul><li>5-7 versions of each question </li></ul><ul><li>Students take quiz up to 3 times </li></ul><ul><li>Available for one week online </li></ul><ul><li>Username: g_dorland_2, Password: guest </li></ul>
  13. 21. Student Digital Video Project
  14. 22. <ul><li>Students (10 students in 5 pairs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modified and filmed procedures to separate two metal ions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrote scripts for narration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created flow charts and net ionic equation graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edited video on the computer with iMovie </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Macintosh imac computers with iMovie software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two Sony digital video cameras with tripods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructor’s computer with iDVD and DVD burner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General Chem II lab with Qualitative Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students had completed Qual Groups I-III with unknowns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Unknowns: general unknown, solid salt unknown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructor’s computer with iDVD and DVD burner </li></ul></ul>
  15. 23. Ion Psychoanalysis (watch student video)
  16. 30. Teaching is Learning?? <ul><li>Student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explaining what is not understood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutoring peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think pair share </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning theories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brain chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Molecular visualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inquiry based labs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever is next… </li></ul></ul>
  17. 31. Kakadu National Park 2001
  18. 32. Superstition Mountains near Phoenix, AZ Photo by Robert Blankenship