1. UMass Amherst Awarded $842,571 National Science Foundation Grant Aimed at Improving Undergraduate Education

    UMass Amherst Awarded $842,571 National Science Foundation Grant Aimed at Improving Undergraduate Education

    The five-year collaborative project includes the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Kansas and Michigan State University. UMass Amherst’s share of the grant is $842,571, says Gabriela Weaver, vice provost for faculty development and director of the campus’s Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development. “Universities have long relied on student surveys as the sole means of evaluating teaching. That approach has hindered the adoption of evidence-based teaching practices, which emphasize student learning as the central outcome of instruction,” says Weaver, the lead investigator at UMass Amherst who will also oversee the project as a whole. “These ...

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    1. Universities have long relied on student surveys as the sole means of evaluating teaching. That approach has hindered the adoption of evidence-based teaching practices, which emphasize student learning as the central outcome of instruction.
    2. Leaders and faculty members at each campus will also share their experiences with colleagues at the other universities, creating institutional networking that will further support the work taking place at each campus.
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