Researching Evidence-Based Undergraduate Instructional and Learning Developments
In the future, faculty and students at Michigan will share a collective expectation that STEM education will be evidence-based, continually refined, and delivered by multi-generational teams including postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates who all contribute to the excellence of the effort. Young apprentice scientists in these groups will join a community of practice in which evidence-based instruction and continuous assessment is the professional norm to be emulated. Achieving this goal will require a major culture change: a coordinated campaign of reform-from-within in the four core STEM disciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology at the University of Michigan. At its center will be the REBUILD project, a committee of twelve senior faculty with a strong staff, dedicated to changing the culture of STEM instruction.