Upcoming Workshops

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Thank you for your interest in the upcoming SEER Center Workshops. To register for any upcoming workshop, please visit SEER Center Registration Page.

Spring 2017 Spring Workshop Series: Introduction to Science Education Research Methods

Have you ever wondered how researchers test the effectiveness of teaching practices? Are you tempted to collect some data or conduct a study of your own, perhaps to fulfill the graduate certificate in university teaching? Join STEM education research faculty as they present methods that you could use to start conducting your own study of teaching and learning. Supported by CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning), this workshop series is designed to provide graduate students and post-docs an introduction to some of the methods used to collect and analyze education research data. Faculty members who are interested are also welcome.

Workshop 1: Human Test Subjects and Approval by the Institutional Review Board

Leaders: Kim Fowler, UGA IRB & Julie Stanton, UGA Cellular Biology

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 3:00-5:00 pm
Room: 345 Science Learning Center

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Workshop Presentation – Stanton
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Work with human subjects requires an extra level of attention to protect private and sensitive information. This workshop will introduce participants to the steps in preparing your study to ensure you comply with all institutional Review Board (IRB) policies. Workshop leaders will illustrate the requirements and discuss some flexibility of policies including exemptions that may be used to design a project that can grow organically. They will also share their experiences and sample materials.

Workshop 2: Introduction to Qualitative Research

Leader: Jennifer Jo Thompson, UGA Crop and Soil Sciences

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 3:20-5:20 pm
Room: 326 Biological Sciences

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Qualitative research methods help us understand how social phenomena operate in “real world” vs. experimental settings. It aims to uncover meaningful categories in data, and to generate, rather than test, hypotheses. In this workshop, we will examine the rational for using qualitative methods in education research and identify the kinds of research questions that qualitative methods can best address. We will briefly discuss the major data collection and analysis methods, and gain a basic understanding of how to analyze qualitative data through coding.

Workshop 3: Conducting Interviews

Leader: Paula Lemons, UGA Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:00-5:00 pm
Room: 116 Aderhold

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To investigate questions about education, researchers frequently rely on interviews with students, faculty, and other education stakeholders. Informative interviews start with good research questions and build on theory and the primary literature. The interviewer plays a vital role in creating rapport and probing the interviewee. In this workshop we will complete a case study that will provide insights into how to create an interview guide and conduct an interview.

Workshop 4: Surveys Construction & Analysis

Leader: Peggy Brickman, UGA Plant Biology

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3:20-5:20 pm
Room: 326 Biological Sciences

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This session provides examples of questions that call for this type of research. Participants will compose and evaluate potential survey items and design implementation plans. They will also learn to create surveys using Google forms or Qualtrics. Free Qualtrics account should be requested through EITS prior to the workshop.

Workshop 5: Classroom Observations

Leader: Tessa Andrews, UGA Genetics

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:00-5:00 pm
Room: 116 Aderhold

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In this session, participants will learn about a classroom observation protocol and practice using the protocol, allowing the opportunity to consider the benefits and challenges of observation protocols as data collection tools

Workshop 6: Quantitative Methods

Leader: Jennifer Kaplan, UGA Statistics

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:20-5:20 pm
Room: 326 Biological Sciences

Participants will be presented with research questions from actual studies and asked to design the quantitative data collection plan. Participants will then discuss the design and analysis issues involved given the nature of the data and context.

Workshop 7: Theoretical Frameworks in Education Research in STEM

Leader: Julie Luft, UGA Mathematics and Science Education

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:20-5:20 pm
Room: 326 Biological Sciences

In this session, participants will look at data through three different theoretical frameworks. By the end of the session, participants should recognize the importance of theoretical frameworks and how they influence the analysis of data.

Workshop 8: Publishing Educational Research in the area of STEM

Leader: Julie Luft, UGA Mathematics and Science Education

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:20-5:20 pm
Room: 326 Biological Sciences

In this session, participants will look at different educational research articles, and explore the sections that typically comprise educational research articles. Various tips and resources pertaining to publishing will be provided during the session.

Past Workshops

“Is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Happening in My Classroom?”IMG_2618-1

April 28, 2016

Have you ever had a question about your students’ learning you couldn’t quite figure out? Did you plan an activity for your classroom that didn’t match up with your expectations? These are the types of questions SoTL scholars explore in their research. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) allows instructors in higher education to examine student learning and their own teaching practices in the classroom by contributing these experiences to the research literature. Supported by CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning) and the SEER (Scientists Engaged in Education Research) Center, this workshop will provide a clearer picture of what it means to be a SoTL scholar and how to achieve the three levels of CIRTL participation as a SoTL scholar: Associate, Practioner, and Scholar.

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CIRTL Learning Outcomes