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Apply to Participate in Pilot Implementation of EvaluateUR-CURE


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EvaluateUR-CURE, a method for evaluating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), is currently in development and the next round of pilot testing is set for the 2021-2022 academic year. Pilot testing of E-CURE is open to all faculty. Faculty teaching courses with research experiences (CUREs) at community colleges are especially encouraged to apply. 

In common with EvaluateUR, EvaluateUR-CURE has about a dozen student outcome categories, each defined by several outcome components. In order to assess student progress, each component is scored both by the student researcher and his or her faculty mentor using a five-point scale and accompanying rubric.

Beginning on December 8, 2020, applications will be open. Selections will be made for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications received after this date will be considered only if available sites are open. The organizers anticipate identifying up to 10 sites for the pilot.

A modest stipend is provided for participating in the pilot and providing feedback. This project is funded by NSF ATE #1836033.

Mentor-Connect Coffee Breaks


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A new Mentor-Connect resource for prospective grantees is now available. These short tidbits of guidance and advice are called “Coffee Breaks.”

Mentor Connect Coffee Breaks provide quick answers to frequently asked questions that arise while working on and preparing to submit an NSF ATE proposal. Tips for project management are included, too, such as preparing reports for NSF. Each presentation is less than 10 minutes and addresses a specific topic or question you may have. Coffee Break advice is available in the Mentor-Connect Library,

Under Find A Resource, select Webinars, then type “Coffee Break” in the search function at the top of the page.

PI Conference Materials Available Until June 1, 2021


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The deadline to access this year's ATE PI Conference materials has been extended! All session materials, recordings, and ATE Connects submissions are available for on-demand viewing on demand on the conference platform until June 1, 2021. 

If materials for a session were provided, they are linked directly below the session abstract (as well as are available in the Materials box next to the chat window for the Concurrent, Spotlight, and Demonstration sessions). 

ATE Connects materials will also remain available on-demand. PDF handouts in this section are downloadable from the site. To download, click on the three dots in the top right of the Adobe frame for the handout, and then click download.

The POGIL Podcast


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This new podcast from the POGIL Project "celebrates innovative educators, both in and out of the classroom." Each episode features a conversation with an educator or researcher on their inspiration for joining the field and advice on student-centered education. For example, in the first episode Executive Director of the POGIL Project Richard S. Moog, who is an award-winning chemistry professor, joins host Alex Grushow to disucss his research on "the impact of activity structure and team discourse on student learning." Find the podcast on its RSS Feed, or stream it on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

ATE PI Conference Materials Available


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This year’s ATE PI Conference materials are now available! Recorded sessions are hosted for viewing on demand on the conference platform and will remain there until January 25, 2021. If materials for the session were provided, they are linked directly below the session abstract (as well as are available in the Materials box next to the chat window for the Concurrent, Spotlight, and Demonstration sessions). 

ATE Connects materials will also remain available on-demand for up to three months following the conference. PDF handouts in this section are downloadable from the site. To download, click on the three dots in the top right of the Adobe frame for the handout, and then click download.

Online Event: Society for Women Engineers Annual Conference


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This year's Soceity for Women Engineers annual conference (WE20) is going virtual! The event will take place as a 2-week online conference and career fair from November 2-13, 2020 with a leadership pre-conference October 26-30, 2020.

The event will feature a mixture of live, semi-live, and on-demand sessions on topics ranging from creating leadership programs for women to networking for working moms. A full schedule can be found on the conference site. The conference will also host keynotes from Laura Maxwell, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at PepsiCo Foods North America; Sundari Mitra, Corporate Vice President, Design Engineering Group & General Manager, IP Engineering Group at Intel; Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President and President Components Business at Cummins Inc.; and Linda DuCharme, President of Upstream Business Development and Integrated Solutions at ExxonMobil.

Those interested in participating should register to attend.

Webinar: Migration to E-Learning (For Instructors)


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As the focus of education continues to shift to the online environment, educators seek the need to create impactful, interactive and engaging ways to capture a learner’s attention and focus on their learning needs. This session will focus on how to address the challenges associated with online learning and highlight some key components to create effective e-learning that lead to successful course outcomes.

The event will take place on Oct 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET. Register to attend here.

Visit ATE Central at Our PI Conference Sessions and Connects


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Like all other ATE projects and centers, ATE Central will have an ATE Connects session at this year's PI Conference. We hope you will stop by and say hello! In addition, we will host two conference sessions. See information on those sessions below:

Archiving with ATE Central

Wednesday, October 21, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Making the deliverables of your grant available through the ATE Central resource portal ensures discoverability and long-term access to your work. Adding a Creative Commons license before submission can encourage others to further share, use, and build upon a work that you created. Please join ATE Central staff as we demonstrate how to select and affix Creative Commons licenses to sample resources and how to submit those resources to ATE Central via the archive submission form. This event will be pre-recorded and delivered synchronously with live presenter chat.

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Webinar: Top Ten Tips for Teaching Student Veterans from the Classroom to Online


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Military veterans transitioning from service to community college bring experiences that can be incredible assets to a classroom along with others that can be barriers to success. Hearing loss, a commonly overlooked disability in the veteran population, is often one of these barriers. The presenters will discuss findings of focus groups conducted with student veterans with hearing loss that provide insight to the unique educational needs of these students and best practices for their success in the STEM classroom and how they can be applied in the online setting. Stay for the last half hour to have your questions answered by a panel of student veterans.

This webinar will take place on October 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm EDT. Register to participate using this form.

Webinar: ATE Conference Orientation Webinar


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AACC will host an ATE Virtual Conference Orientation Webinar designed for all conference attendees. The webinar will provide an orientation to the 2020 Virtual ATE Conference, and an overview of the agenda, the virtual platform, and ways to network and maximize engagement in a virtual setting. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Participants are encouraged to attend the live event, if possible, in order to have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will also be recorded and available on this site following the live event. To register for this event, use this form.

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