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In this issue of JCST, feature articles include an explanation of use and academic impact of a new software program for calculating beam support parameters in an engineering course, and an interesting comparison of graduate student instructors and near-peer instructors in an Undergraduate Teacher-Scholar Program’s general science and chemistry courses. Our Research & Teaching section offers articles ranging from first-year undergraduate experience in physics to undergraduate experiences in biology: peer led team learning; misconceptions about evolutionary theory; student conceptions of DNA; and online instruction’s effect in health field pre-requisite Anatomy and Physiology courses. Also featured is a POV that advocates taking an online course to improve your own teaching online.
Numerous professional development programs exist to equip science faculty with the skills and knowledge to effectively teach online. An effective way ...
By Cheston Saunders
This article describes the use and advantages of the MATLAB-based program ReshmoBeam, developed to perform beam analysis, as it is done in statics cou...
By Joel Hernandez, Rafael Niyazov, and Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis
Peer learning programs have been developed to support many introductory science courses by providing additional instruction and engagement. These prog...
By Sara M. Bourne, Sean Limfat, Sneha Dilip, Seoyoung Han, MaryAnn T. Robak, Peter Marsden, and Anne M. Baranger
Symbols are a cornerstone of the written language of physics and mathematics but inconsistencies in their use pose a challenge to students. This artic...
By Meredith Begg and Robyn Pierce
This article reports the findings of the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) model intervention study in an introductory biology course at a Puerto Rican pr...
By Lillian Arvelo-Márquez, Ana T. Méndez-Merced, José Monterrubio-Álvarez, Karlo Malavé-Llamas, Lilliam Lizardi-O’Neill, Ezequiel De J. Bayuelo-Flórez, and José Soto-Sonera
Education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is increasingly online, even the laboratory components of STEM courses. As online labor...
By Patrick Brown and Jonathan Peterson
This study examines what prior knowledge and misconceptions about evolutionary theory students bring with them into an introductory biological anthrop...
By Kathryn King
An understanding of basic science is central to student success at the university level, even for students who will never work in scientific fields. O...
By Megan Nieberding, Sanlyn Buxner, Lisa Elfring, and Christopher Impey