Participants chat at CIRCLE 2014 conference

Update on October 30, 2015: The conference drew over 100 faculty from 36 AAU-member universities.
Read a recap of the event on the CIRCLE website.

This conference, co-sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), will take place October 13-14, 2015 at Washington University.

The purpose of the conference is to develop a network among AAU member-institutions that are focused on improving STEM education. The event will feature presentations and round-table discussions on a range of topics related to systemic changes that can lead to improved student learning and increased retention rates of students in STEM, including evidence-based teaching, the role of departments and of teaching and learning centers, and methods for measuring progress.

The two-day event will include a keynote presentation by Dr. Carl Wieman, Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, as well as a poster and networking session.

During the conference, there will be a series of presentations and interactive roundtables on innovated practices in support of the key elements of the AAU Framework for Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Teaching and Learning: pedagogy, scaffolding, and cultural change. As at last year’s AAU STEM Network conference, there will be numerous opportunities to engage in dialogue on the common themes campuses confront when transforming STEM education.

The AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative is supported by grants from: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and The National Science Foundation.