Curriculum Development Project
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Many STEM faculty in the CSU have been exploring and using technologies and other innovations to engage students in learning through active participation with online simulations, visualization and computational tools, as well as experiments. The recent policy changes in the CSU regarding developmental mathematics present both large-scale challenges and opportunities. MATLAB is an excellent tool for leveraging computational framework and engagement as a way to develop quantitative knowledge and skills; as an important corollary, MATLAB can provide CSU students opportunities to develop exposure and skills in programming with potential for job opportunities in the future. Using a professional learning community model at the CSU level and with financial support from MathWorks, this project provides organization, resources, community support and incentive for select CSU STEM faculty to develop effective courseware in MATLAB. Focusing on 3-4 targeted foundational courses and organized in cohorts of 2-3 faculty per course, these faculty participants will join a growing worldwide list of MATLAB developers, and be able to access the vast educational resources from MathWorks that they can leverage in their own teaching and their students’ learning.
Five years of Course Redesign with Technology in the CSU, having supported over 700 faculty course redesign projects with published ePortfolios of their results, as well as other effective ongoing CSU programs such as Quality Assurance and Laboratory Innovations with Technology, have demonstrated that change in higher education is most effectively accomplished through building networks and communities of shared values and purpose.
In a safe, supportive and inspiring environment, this “coalition of the willing” will function as agents of change for other STEM faculty with the goal of modernizing the curriculum and improving student learning thus success.
The Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an online community, that has monthly workshops using the zoom video conference system, to provide project updates, share and discuss innovations, exemplary practices, and expertise, all related to MATLAB courseware development. At each PLC, faculty and professionals engage in active, collaborative, and supportive activities with an agenda focused on MATLAB development, problem or question. While the PLC is largely attended by project faculty, supporting teaching, learning and technology staff may attend, if they are invited by a faculty participant. The goal of the PLCs is to develop skills, knowledge, and expertise in MATLAB courseware development by creating a focused time and space apart from the daily work environment. Occasionally, external experts on MATLAB content development will be invited to present at one of those PLC’s. At other times, faculty will formally present on their project as a work-in-progress. As these MATLAB modules are deployed in courses, the PLCs will enable faculty and higher education professionals to produce, collect, and evaluate evidence of student learning and student success, and secure other funding to take their work to a larger scale, if they choose to do so.