STEM

Collaborative Teaching and Mentoring model (CTM)

University of Alaska Fairbanks
http://www.uaf.edu/rural
The Collaborative Teaching and Mentoring model (CTM) can significantly reduce the gap between existing knowledge of high school students in mathematics (and other subjects) and college professor expectations in order to increase participation and success of underrepresented minority students in university STEM programs. This model provides systematic coordination of efforts and activities that create the infrastructure necessary for building a successful and workable school/college bridging mathematics program.

The model provides students, especially in rural settings, to complete their secondary four-year mathematics sequence concurrently with obtaining credit for equivalent college level work and provide secondary teachers with support. The collaborative teaching model increases collaboration with local school districts across Alaska and better prepares their students for serious college work or successful post-secondary careers. The project focuses on the math preparation of the school age kids to experience rigor and expectations of college while they are still in the high school. The project also has a mentoring component with a college instructor working with a district math teacher in joint efforts to deliver a high quality course.

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Victor Zinger

vazinger@alaska.edu

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NANSLO Labs

Great Falls College-MSU/Colorado Community College System/North Island College/WICHE
http://www.wiche.edu/nanslo

NANSLO is an international consortium enabling access to high-quality, modular, openly licensed courseware, integrating immersive web-based labs with software, video and robotics for the study of science courses. These creative science solutions allow students that might not otherwise have the opportunity to take science courses, the ability to access and perform sophisticated experiments remotely. NANSLO currently has three Nodes where remote web-based science labs are hosted – in Colorado, Montana, and British Columbia

The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) is an alliance of cutting-edge science laboratories that provide students enrolled in higher education science courses with opportunities to conduct their lab experiments on state-of-the-art science equipment over the Internet. From any computer, students can log into one of the labs’ web interfaces and manipulate the controls on a microscope or other scientific equipment, participate in conversations with lab partners, ask for assistance from a knowledgeable lab technician in real time, and collect data and images for their science assignments. Over 25 lab activities have been designed and developed to target online science students in introductory level biology, physics and chemistry courses. Node locations include Denver, CO (Colorado Community College System) and Great Falls, MT (Great Falls College Montana State University) and Courtenay, British Columbia (North Island College). Students however are not limited by the physical locations of the labs and anyone in the world with an internet connection can log in to this unique cutting edge technology to perform scientific lab activities using real equipment. Online science education has lagged behind other online educational disciplines due to many factors including reticence to replace hands on labs and lack of technology to adequately replicate a student lab experience. The NANSLO nodes have overcome these technological hurdles and allows students to gather highly accurate data and perform activities in real time. These activities are not simulations and the data the student gathers is of higher quality than that obtained via home lab kits. The remote lab experience also emphasizes student inquiry and problem solving in a collaborative environment as students work in groups via teleconference to complete activities. NANSLO lab activities provide a unique online laboratory experience for distance students at all educational levels.

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Brenda Canine

brenda.canine@gfcmsu.edu

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