Join us for Transforming STEM Higher Education: Back to Broken, AAC&U’s Conference on accelerating undergraduate STEM education reform in Arlington, VA from November 3 to 5, 2022.
Creative Strategies to Support Self-Directed Learning in Online Intro STEM Courses
Friday, November 4, 2022, 8:30-9:00 am EST
In this session, researchers report on findings from a study of the ways that instructors teaching online introductory STEM courses use instructional strategies and educational technology to help students develop self-directed learning (SDL) skills and mindsets like motivation, planning, help-seeking, and reflection. Drawing on 12 in-depth interviews with faculty members at community colleges and broad-access institutions, the presenters describe how instructors are using creative strategies to set the foundation for students’ development of SDL skills and mindsets at the start of online STEM courses and the ways they enable students to practice and grow their skills as the courses progress. The presenters then engage participants in a discussion of how STEM classroom-level strategies can be supported through institutional policies and practices, how context and culture shape student learning, and how SDL strategies can better support students from diverse backgrounds.
- Amy E. Brown, Research Associate, Community College Research Center
- Krystal Thomas, Education Researcher, SRI Education
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