NSF-IWBWs Schedule


IUSE WEBINARS IN November and December 2014

The Virtual Faculty Collaborative (AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services) in collaboration with NSF is offering several webinars to discuss the new IUSE Program Announcement. Click for details.


The Virtual Faculty Collaborative (AAAS, Louisiana State University, and Higher Education Services) is offering a series of Interactive Web-Based Workshops (IWBWs) on topics that are important in preparing proposals and in implementing funded undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education projects. This effort is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE).

Individual workshops, which will last for two hours, will focus on:

•    Incorporating effective strategies into an educational proposal
•    Defining project goals,objectives, and evaluation questions
•    Working with an evaluator to develop a project evaluation plan
•    Addressing NSF’s broader impacts expectations in a project
•    Designing a project for impact and transportability

The IWBWs will be offered between November 6 and 20, 2014. Workshop sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00-4:00pm (EST)

Additional information about the IWBW content, schedule, and presenters is available at the WORKSHOP link.

These workshops are designed to engage local groups of participants in discussions of issues related to the workshop topic that will enable local sites to interact with the entire virtual group, and to be provided with information and insights on each of these discussion items by workshop presenters. Because of this distributed organization, only groups of STEM faculty at a site may participate and each group must have a local facilitator who will work with the presenters to organize the local activities and interact with the presenter in coordinating the workshop presentation. Those interested in serving as a facilitator must submit an application for a specific session of each IWBWs they wish to hold at their site. More information on facilitating an IWBW and on the application process is provided at FACILITATORS link.

Facilitators may invite all STEM faculty members, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geological sciences, interdisciplinary STEM programs, mathematics, physics and astronomy, and social sciences.

The IWBWs are designed to inform those planning to submit a proposal in response to the new NSF Program Solicitation PD14-588 titled Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE).  This program provides a mechanism for submitting proposals for research-based and research-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields.  The IUSE Program is accepting proposals that formerly would fit with the TUES, STEP, and WIDER Programs.