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Disciplinary Societies & Education
- What Works: Motivating Students to Pursue STEM Careers
- Reports on Twelve Digital Libraries for Chemistry
John W. Moore
A report on twelve libraries within the NSDL collection describing material appropriate for teachers of chemistry both at the college level and the high school level. The title of each digital library project links to the project's Web site so that you can quickly explore the digital libraries of your choice.
- National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics
- The National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics undertook the SPIN-UP project to identify salient characteristics of strong undergraduate physics department. The Task Force found that thriving departments have many common characteristics: well-developed and challenging curricula, extensive advising and mentoring, significant opportunities of student-faculty interaction.
- Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics at Two-Year Colleges (SPIN-UP/TYC)
- Building on the broader SPIN-UP effort, a taskforce of physicists from the two-year college community undertook a similar study, recognizing the importance of the relationship between two- and four-year physics programs in the national effort to attract more students as majors in the field.
- A Brief History of Biochemical Education
Throughout much of its history, biochemistry has been a field reserved for post-baccalaureate study. Universities established biochemistry departments primarily to train students for the M.S., Ph.D., and M.D. degrees.
- A Recent History of Curriculum and Assessment in Undergraduate Psychology Programs
Charles L. Brewer, Jane S. Halonen
This brief review documents how curricular and assessment issues have evolved over the last 20 years in undergraduate psychology
- A report from the undergraduate physics community
Robert C. Hilborn
Three national physics societies, with support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, collaborated in identifying how certain undergraduate physics departments are achieving success in increasing the numbers, persistence and success of students. The chair of the project (Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics: SPINUP), Robert Hilborn of Amherst College, reports on their findings: that what works is a challenging but supportive academic program, strong and sustained departmental leadership, with continuing experimentation and evaluation built into the process of curricular transformation.
- CITIDEL: The Computing Component of the NSDL
Lillian N. Cassel
A report on the organizations and efforts involved in building the community and curriculum to teach computing. The CITIDEL project provides access to more than half a million distinct resources and seeks to complement other forms of cooperation and sharing among computing educators.
- ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Bruce A. Mason
A report describing the use of a central, standards-based database to serve a diverse set of community collections in Physics and Astronomy providing links between simulations, student activities, labs, lesson plans, and research.
- Earth Exploration Toolbook: Educational Uses of Earth System Science Datasets and Tools
Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Carla McAuliffe, LuAnn Dahlman
The Earth Exploration Toolbook was developed to meet the growing need for access to Earth science datasets and data analysis tools to help students understand the processes that shape the Earth system.
- Ecoed.net and Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology
Bruce W. Grant, Charlene D'Avanzo, Jason Taylor
Ecoed.net is a partner in the Bioscience Education Network (BEN) a collaborative of more than 20 professional societies and coalitions of biology education partners with a purpose to coordinate the ongoing development of digital library collections for the teaching and learning of biology, with users at the center of the development.
- GROW a National Civil Engineering Educational Resources Digital Library
The Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Digital Library (GROW) from the University of Arizona, is an NSDL collection that features reviewed resources in civil engineering, including 100s of award-winning interactive multimedia resources created by the GROW team.
- JiTTDL - A virtual meeting place for practitioners of Just-inTime Teaching
Gregor M. Novak
Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is a pedagogical strategy designed to blend web technology with active learning in traditional classroom settings. This article describes this digital library as a depository of user contributed pedagogical material and as a virtual discussion forum.
- Mathematical Association of America
The mission of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is "to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level." This note provides brief descriptions of two of the MAA's national professional development programs that support leadership development.
- Matters that Matter
Lee L. Zia
A vision and the challenges associated with building the National Science Digital Library; and of exploring and adapting content, determining the context, and making connections in forming a learning community in order to teach the skills necessary to have a workforce capable of "a basic understanding of scientific and mathematical principles and practices, and the capacity to enlarge that understanding over time."
- MERLOT - the Multimedia Resource for Learning Online and Teaching
Flora McMartin, past member of the NSDL Policy Committee, provides an essay on MERLOT, the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning Online and Teaching. The article focuses on how MERLOT enacts the ideals described by the three questions: "What works, What matters, What Lasts?"
- On the Cutting Edge: Leadership Development in the Geosciences
Cathryn A. Manduca, Barbara Tewksbury, David W. Mogk, R. Heather Macdonald
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) sponsors the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future faculty in the geosciences. This program helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.
- Perspective on NSDL Community - How to get involved
An essay presenting his perspective on the NSDL community organization. The essay describes the organizational structure and indicates how anyone can become involved in the development efforts through Standing Committees.
- Project 2061: Science for all Americans summary
- Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this summary provides an introduction to Project 2061 in reforming education in science, mathematics and technology for all Americans.
- Promoting undergraduate research in sociology
- This article identifies some of the challenges of research in the undergraduate sociology curriculum and offers two major American Sociological Association (ASA)-sponsored projects that seek to improve the way we prepare undergraduates in sociological research.
- Sustaining the National Science Digital Library
Paul Arthur Berkman
Paul Berkman, Chair of the NSDL Sustainability Standing Committee, provides an essay describing funding issues under consideration for providing an NSDL that lasts.
- The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
Tamara Shapiro Ledley
DLESE is a distributed, community-led electronic library that facilitates access to resources for teaching and learning about the Earth at all educational levels. The library provides interfaces and tools to allow student exploration of geospatial materials and Earth datasets.
- The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)
Richard C. Wertz
Created by NASA in 1998, the ESIP Federation has grown to become a broad-based consortium of more than 75 organizations focused on advancing the Earth sciences by fostering collaborations and data sharing among a diverse coalition of governmental, research, educational, non-profit and commercial organizations.
- The NSDL as a test bed for digital library learning research
Anita Coleman, Youfen Su
An essay presenting the NSDL as an infrastructure or test bed for large-scale and integrated research at the intersections of digital libraries and digital learning.
- Zen and the Art of Digital Libraries
An essay presenting her perspective on "keeping a collective beginner's mind" as technology and possibilities emerge. The essay describes the state of mind needed to evolve the three NSDL Scout Reports and the CWIS (pronounced see-wis) software to assemble, organize, and share collections of data about resources.
- DSEA - Disciplinary Society and Education Association Alliance