To ensure the success of every student who is pursuing their academic goals, the Student Experience Project (SEP) uses innovative, research-based practices to build equitable learning environments and instill a sense of belonging in students on campuses across the nation. Recommendations from the SEP include ideas to increase belonging, practices to foster academic encouragement and growth mindset, and ways to cultivate a supportive and inclusive classroom. Factors affecting the implementation of these practices may include instructor hesitancy, course size, time constraints, and diverse student populations. This webinar presents practices and ideas that have been successfully implemented in our biology course and are applicable to both face-to-face and online delivery. Implementation of free, data-driven Copilot-Ascend surveys are explained, along with data collected showing significant positive changes in self efficacy, identity safety, social belonging, and social connectedness across all survey participants in our courses.
The duration of this webinar is one hour, which is equal to 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Dr. Samantha Furr is a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at UNC Charlotte. She is invested in improving undergraduate STEM education, increasing student involvement in research, and implementing student-centered and collaborative learning activities in her courses. In addition to her teaching and educational research, she is involved in science communication, community outreach, and novel scientific investigations in an immunology laboratory. She received her PhD in biology from UNC Charlotte in 2012, and her master’s degree in public health from the University of Virginia in 2013.
Tonya Bates is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at UNC Charlotte, invested in providing STEM education access. Recent endeavors include co-leading a faculty learning community on transforming STEM courses with evidence-based practices and implementing a course-based undergraduate research course.