STEM Education Resources
Central to the success of STEM Education Initiatives is connecting educators to the wide variety of curricular tools available within and outside Boston University to help advance the practice of teaching in the STEM disciplines. The resources on this page represent a continually growing list of STEM education-related programs designed to promote collaboration, innovation, and professional development. We hope that you will find it helpful in your own classrooms and laboratories and that you’ll assist us in continuing to build this page by letting us know of new opportunities.
Teaching Excellence in STEM Faculty Fellows Program
In 2019-2020, the CTL is piloting a new faculty fellows program to support excellent teaching in STEM classes across Boston University. In this first year, the teaching focus will be on writing in STEM. Each year, we will identify another STEM pedagogy focus. Learn more here.
Videos on STEM teaching and learning
The CIRTL MOOC, An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, created nearly 100 high quality videos about STEM teaching and learning. These are released under a Creative Commons license, so you can link to them to use in any non-commercial educational use you might have. These have been created by Vanderbilt, MSU, U-Wisc, Colorado, Berkeley, and Boston University. These videos can be found here.
Designing and Implementing Effective Workshops
Effective workshops engage the audience, develop their awareness, and skills and leads to new competencies. Designing and implementing effective workshops on evidence-based principles of teaching and learning utilize backward design, focus on learning goals, the activities that achieve them, and participant success and outcomes. In the attached document, an outline is provided of how to design and implement effective workshops using a blended approach, with first exposure to the content and ideas online prior to the workshop, high-engagement and active learning activities during the workshop for practice an feedback, and post-session followup for future exploration and continued access to resources.
To request a workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BU Learning Assistants
The Learning Assistant (LA) Program aims to enhance learning outcomes and foster positive learning environments in undergraduate biology, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, and physics courses by incorporating undergraduates who have successfully completed the course.
Digital Learning & Innovation
Digital Learning & Innovation was established in 2016 to strengthen Boston University’s position as a world-class higher education institution devoted to learning innovation. Their objective is to keep BU competitive in a changing world by:
- Improving faculty experiences
- Increasing student engagement and success
- Supporting recruitment and retention, and
- Making better use of all our learning resources
ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM
The ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM mission is to organize, align, and vertically integrate programs created to advance women throughout the STEM community at Boston University. BU has a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which is reflected throughout the campus through educational opportunities and the career paths of our alumni/ae. The Office of the Provost instituted the ARROWS program to bolster STEM. With the launch of ARROWS, BU has taken a step forward to vertically integrate all programs on the Charles River and Medical Campuses to increase awareness of events, policies, and opportunities for women in STEM.
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) at Boston University strives to create a community to support and promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Through professional development seminars and workshops, social events, mentoring, and outreach, GWISE fosters interaction across all disciplines at BU and connects graduates students to postdocs, faculty, and broader networks in Boston and beyond.
BEST: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training
BU’s BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) program’s mission is to expose trainees to a number of career options that reflect the range of careers that Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral trainees can pursue (both in and outside of academia) and that are required for a robust biomedical workforce. Further, we strive to help trainees acquire the skills necessary to fulfill those occupations. BU’s BEST is funded by the National Institutes of Health along with 16 other institutions. BU’s BEST is free and open to all biomedical PhD graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty.
Information Services & Technology
Information Services & Technology recently published a strategic plan for FY2015-2020, outlining the evolution of technology infrastructure and services at BU. Among its top priorities are services in the area of educational technology that directly support teaching and learning, including classroom technology, learning management systems, e-portfolios, classroom lecture capture systems, audience/student response systems, and assessment systems. These services focus on making teaching and learning more effective, both in the classroom and online, and on simplifying many aspects of course management. IS&T also maintains an Educational Technology Blog, showcasing faculty technology innovations across Boston University’s campuses.
Research at BU
The University’s multidisciplinary hub for research and research-related activity. Visit the Research website.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
UROP provides financial support for student research stipends, supplies, and travel. Over the years, it has funded a broad range of research projects in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, education, and the arts. Research through UROP must take place under the guidance of a BU faculty mentor, and is defined as any scientific or scholarly activity that contributes to the production of new knowledge. Effective workshops engage the audience, develop their awareness and skills, and lead to new competencies.
External STEM Education Resources
Other STEM and Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Groups
- University of Colorado-Boulder Center for STEM Learning
- University of Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE)
- Kansas State University Physics Education Research (PER)
- Engineering Education Community Resource
- The STEM Pipeline booklet
- AERA (American Educational Research Association)
- NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching)
- ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
- AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers)
- NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers)
- NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)
- SIGSCE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education)
Miscellaneous Education Research Links
- PhysTEC: Physics Teaching Education Coalition
- Learning Assistant Alliance
- Physics Education Research (PER) Central
- TERC Educational Research
- Purdue University Libraries: STEM Education Resources
- QIT Library Resources