november, 2020

05nov12:00 pm1:30 pmAIM Research: Supporting Student Equity by Supporting Faculty and the Instructional System12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

AIM Research


Event Details

Join us on Thursday November 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the second virtual AIM Research event of the Fall 2020 semester. While we may be apart, we plan to come together, virtually, to continue to grow the community of research, data, and learning analytics at the University of Michigan (U-M) throughout the fall semester. Each AIM Research session will feature a 45 minute to 1 hour presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Register below to reserve your spot!


We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Marco Molinaro, Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness at UC Davis. Dr. Molinaro has more than 20 years of educational experience creating and leading technology applications for instruction, scientific visualization and simulation, curriculum development and evaluation, and science exhibits for students from elementary school through graduate school and for the general public.

Talk Title: Supporting Student Equity by Supporting Faculty and the Instructional System

Abstract: At UC Davis we are focused on supporting systemic change to improve undergraduate student outcomes. We are using a locally generated Cycle of Progress for sustainable change that consists of 4 cyclical phases – Awareness, Understanding, Action, Reflection, and repeat. Realizing there have been many efforts focused on students but far fewer focused on helping faculty and departmental faculty leaders, we saw a need to help faculty better understand who their students are. In our efforts, we developed an approach to communicating student outcomes that looked at the intersectionality of first-generation, low income and race/ethnicity variables on student short term and long term outcomes globally at our university and at partner institutions. We are now extending the approach to course sequences in departments and individual faculty in their classrooms as part of our Know Your Students core data plus survey and discussion tools, as well as through our Pathways Course Innovation (PCI) initiative. These approaches are guiding us in working collaboratively with faculty while enhancing the use of existing resources to improve equitable learning outcomes for students who have had limited opportunities prior to coming to our institution.

AIM Research (formerly AIM Analytics) is a seminar series for researchers across U-M who are interested in research and learning analytics. The field of learning analytics is a multi and interdisciplinary field that brings together researchers from education, learning sciences, computational sciences and statistics, and all discipline-specific forms of educational inquiry.


(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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