Wayne State University has received a grant from the NSF (DUE-1347576) through the WIDER program to study the pedagogy used in WSU classrooms and explore the opportunities and barriers toward the implementation of interactive, student-centered pedagogies on campus. Such practices, together called Evidenced-Based Teaching, provide the backbone of several national initiatives spearheaded by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), NSF and HHMI to provide greater attention toward the way faculty at US Colleges and Universities teach science.
During the 2-year period of this planning grant, we will study how WSU faculty teach and share with everyone the evidence that students will learn more, and retain more of what we teach, if we move beyond lecture-based instruction. We will offer opportunities to become familiar with the data behind evidence-based practices and provide safe spaces in which faculty can experiment with these methods. If we want our students to learn more and garner the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st-century economy, we owe it to them to teach in the most effective manner possible.
Please visit our SSTEP page to find more details on the grant and awardees.