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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill STEM Education Initiatives

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UNC-CH is creating a support framework to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based teaching practices in large courses that have traditionally been taught by the lecture method. Our principal goals are to continue the transition of our large lecture gateway courses in biology, chemistry and physics-astronomy into high-structure, high-engagement learning environments consistent with best practices in science education. To achieve widespread adoption of evidence based methods among faculty across ranks, we are developing and implementing a mentor-apprentice program that facilitates the transfer of effective techniques from mentors with experience in evidence-based practices to apprentices, faculty members with less experience in these methods.