College Level One
Team Leader: Arthur B. Ellis
Introductory college-level science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET)
courses act as curriculum "pressure points"—they shape student
career trajectories and influence attitudes toward science.
The College Level One (CL-1) Team aims to enhance the quality of teaching
and learning in these introductory SMET courses. Its research identifies and
validates effective practices in these courses, and the team works with the
Interacting with Professional Audiences Team to disseminate this information to
activities are based on an annual Institute that focuses on a single key issue
affecting college SMET courses. The Institute brings together several NISE
Fellows to identify an agenda that helps address critical aspects of the issue
of interest and to develop materials of value to college SMET instructors and
administrators. For example, the first CL-1 Institute studied the assessment of
student learning in college SMET courses, with an emphasis on the classroom
level. The selection of this topic reflected a great need in higher education:
As new instructional methods and content are introduced into college SMET
courses, tools for accurately measuring their effectiveness need to be
identified and brought to the attention of those associated with these courses.
meet this need, the CL-1 Institute developed the Field-Tested Learning
Assessment Guide (FLAG) for Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology Faculty,
a Web site offering a collection of methods by which to assess both student
learning and student perceptions of their learning processes and other classroom
nise/cl1/flag). The 1999-2000
Institute theme involves the impact of technology on student learning.
In addition to the FLAG Web site, recent work has concentrated on research
involving small-group learning methods (also referred to as cooperative learning
or collaborative learning) in college SMET courses. The college SMET
Collaborative Learning Web site (http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/archive/cl1/)
offers a central resource for SMET faculty and provides links to
individuals who have used these methods in courses that span the spectrum of
SMET disciplines and post-secondary institutions.
Fellows: Jean-Pierre Bayard, Stephen Ehrmann, John Jungck, Flora McMartin, Susan Millar (Lead Fellow), Marco Molinaro, and Michael Zeilik.
NISE Publications of the College Level One Team
NISE-Related Publications of the College Level One Team
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Last Updated: May 05, 2003