Boulder Sampler - Spotlighting the host institution: University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder Sampler - Spotlighting the host institution: University of Colorado at Boulder
Friday, November 21, 2003
7:30 - 9:15 pm

Chair:
Richard McCray, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences- University of Colorado at Boulder

An introduction from faculty and students at Boulder about the scope and variety of approaches in using technologies as a tool for learning, for teaching and for assessment of teaching and learning. Following presentations by panel members, there will be opportunity for general discussion with the audience.

The Colorado STEM project

The Colorado STEM project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is intended introduce inquiry-based and collaborative learning into introductory science courses and to attract and train outstanding undergraduates for careers in teaching secondary science teaching. To accomplish this, we employ undergraduates as learning assistants to guide collaborative learning teams in a technology-enriched learning environment.

Active learning, virtual laboratories and true knowledge in biology

Presenter:
Mike Klymkowsky, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology- University of Colorado at Boulder

We have developed and are now testing the efficacy of web-based learning and assessment tools in basic biology courses. Our test bed has been a 'transformed' version of the introductory course MCDB 1111 Biofundamentals. This course incorporates interactive on-line readings, True KnowledgeTM assessments of student learning and misconceptions, and on-line virtual laboratory exercises. Active learning exercises that facilitate student engagement replace passive lectures and require students to articulate their understanding of course materials. On-line laboratories enable students to work through entire scientific studies. For example, the "On Mutation" laboratory requires students to work through the classic Luria-Delbruck experiment that provided direct evidence that mutations are selected rather than induced by the environment.

This project is a collaboration between the department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, virtuallaboratory.net, inc (Boulder, CO) and The Knowledge Factor, Inc. (Longmont, CO).

Visualizing Mathematics with MVT

Presenter:
Sarah Macumber, Applied Mathematics- University of Colorado at Boulder
Gerald Jones, Applied Mathematics- University of Colorado at Boulder

Two students will demonstrate a few tools from the Mathematics Visualization Toolkit that has been developed by undergraduates in the Depts. of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

Latent Semantic Analysis: Computer support for writing

Presenter:
Walter Kintsch, Institute of Cognitive Science- University of Colorado at Boulder

Latent Semantic Analysis is a machine learning method that enables computers to compare the meaning of words, sentences, amd whole essays. It is being used (1) to grade student essays, and (2) to provide feedback to students about the content of their essays, identifying areas where improvement is needed, and pointing out redundancies and irrelevancies.

Reinventing Learning and Teaching from a Social Creativity Perspective

Presenter:
Gerhard Fischer, Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science- University of Colorado at Boulder

Most current uses of technology to support learning are restricted to "gift wrapping": they are used as an add-on to existing practices rather than a catalyst for fundamentally rethinking what education and learning should and could be. We are exploring the co-evolution of learning, teaching, and collaboration, new media and new technologies, and new organizational settings to reinvent learning from a social creativity perspective.