The overarching goal of the program is to improve undergraduate STEM courses by engaging faculty in conversations about core ideas of the discipline and how students should be able to use those ideas combined with science practices and crosscutting concepts to explain phenomena and solve problems. This three-dimensional approach to teaching and learning is described in a previously published Education Forum in Science, “Challenge faculty to transform STEM learning“.

By the end of the program it is expected that fellows will be able to:

  • identify disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science practices that form the basis of the courses they teach,
  • apply the principles of backward design and evidence-centered design to assessment development in order to create assessment items that measure students’ three-dimensional learning, and
  • become part of an interdisciplinary community of faculty committed to improving undergraduate STEM education.