The 5+ Club Supported SiteThe 5+ Club Supported Site University of Central Florida: Collaboration

Successes

  • The College of Education and Human Performance (CEHP) advertised for the TIR position in their weekly newsletter.
  • CEHP contacted the TIR to support a student in preparation for the physics certification exam.
  • CEHP asked the physics department to host international science teachers for one day of their month long visit to the university.
  • Orange County invited the TIR to conduct a training day for the physics certification exam.
  • Osceola County invited the TIR to conduct a professional development day specifically for physics teachers, who were excited to have a physics specific activity.
  • Several Learning Assistants served on a panel in a seminar course for the EXCEL program, which is targeted at recruiting and retaining STEM majors.

Challenges

  • While our activities have been reported to all College of Sciences chairs, the message has not trickled down to all STEM faculty.

Sustainability

  • The CEHP Dean was invited to dinners with visitors related to STEM education reform.
  • STEM education events are advertised via the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning's weekly campus-wide newsletter.
  • The STEM center director is invited to STEM education events.

Lessons Learned

  • Collaborative efforts are most successful when both parties are contributing expertise in some way.
  • We need to advertise our efforts more effectively to STEM faculty.

Activities

  • Returning Learning Assistants developed and implemented lessons at a local school.
  • Several physics faculty made presentations at local middle and high schools.
  • All faculty are invited to the Learning Assistant poster session.