CREST Assessment Resources

The CREST Project has a strong commitment to assess the impact of the program on our CREST Partnering Institutions. We are studying the impact on CREST Educator Partners participating in the Educator Learning Community — and how the Learning Community has impacted classroom practice. We are also interested in the impact of the CREST program on students who participate in modeling and materials development projects.

CREST Goals - The CREST Program has three specific goals:

IRB approval for study of human subjects has been obtained both from MSOE and from our partnering institutions.

Below are links to a variety of assessment instruments which may be of interest to our CREST partners. Not all are currently employed in the CREST Project, but are provided for ongoing consideration as we continue to assess the impact of the models and materials developed in the classroom. Additional resources for further reading are also listed.


Assessment Instruments

Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)

Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP)

Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG)

A Guide to Learning Styles (VARK)


Useful Website

ATIS - Assessment Tools in Informal Science


Key Resources and Reports

Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action
Brewer, CA and Smith, D., eds. 2011. Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action. Washington, DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists
Committee on Undergraduate Biology Education to Prepare Research Scientists for the 21st Century, National Research Council. 2003. BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

BIO2010
BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists; Committee on Undergraduate Biology Education to Prepare Research Scientists for the 21st Centur National Research Council.

Biology in Bloom: Implementing Bloom’s Taxonomy to Enhance Student Learning in Biology
Crowe, Alison, Dirks, Clarissa and Wenderoth, Mary Pat. 2008. Biology in Bloom: Implementing Bloom’s Taxonomy to Enhance Student Learning in Biology. CBE — Life Sci. Ed. 7:368-381. [Blooming Biology Tool — BBT]

How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom
National Research Council. 2005. How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom. Washington, DC: National Academy Press

Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). 2012. Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Report to the President, February 2012.

Assessing how science faculty learning communities promote scientific teaching
Sirum, K.L. and Madigan, D. 2010. Assessing how science faculty learning communities promote scientific teaching. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Ed. 38:197-206. [Participant Assessment of Learning Gains — PALG]

The vision is set, now help chronicle the change
Woodin, T., Feser, J. & Herrera, J. (2012). The vision is set, now help chronicle the change. CBE- Life Science Education, 11, 347-350.



The CREST Project is funded by NSF-DUE 1022793 and NSF-DUE 1323414.

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