The faculty Board of the Institute for STEM Education presents a monthly series to share innovative pedagogy, strategies for engaging students and community partners, and other practices to support student success.

Episode 3: Learning Assistants: Building Community and Academic Success

MARCH 4, 2021

Cal State East Bay launched its Learning Assistants (LAs) along with a community learning space called the Math Lab in Fall 2018. Since then the program has grown to support 14 courses, including expansion into several STEM disciplines. LAs work in the classroom supporting active learning and community building. Having successful near-peers helps students build STEM identity and sense of belonging. Hear about best practices in implementing this program!  


Alicia Still
Math Lab Coordinator, CSUEB Math Lab

Dr. Simone Sisneros-Thiry
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

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Episode 2: Exercise is Medicine

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor worldwide for mortality. Nearly half of the U.S. adult population and 46% of college students do not engage in the recommended level of physical activity to derive the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise. The Kinesiology Department has developed the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine on-campus program to impact sedentary behavior, reduce barriers to exercise, and motivate everyone in our community to begin or continue a physical activity program for improved physical and mental health. In this presentation, we will outline the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise and how this is being delivered through the Exercise is Medicine Program. We will also outline how this program aligns with our Get Fit Stay Fit program and simultaneously provides students with on-campus opportunities for professional skill development.


Dr. Paul Carpenter
Chair, Department of Kinesiology

Andrew Denys
Kinesiology Laboratory Technician, Department of Kinesiology

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Episode 1: How A Dynamic Calendar Can Help You Collaborate

OCTOBER 15, 2020

We present a Community of Practice model for increasing collaboration. Our approach focuses on empowering members of the community to support and learn from each other. The main tool for managing this collaboration is a Dynamic Calendar which is housed as a Google Doc for easy access. This calendar contains live links to group-worthy tasks, a pacing guide, videos, comments and more. This proposed model could work for any group looking to align on curriculum, goals, concepts, outcomes and/or skills.


Dr. Julia Olkin
Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dr. Jesús Oliver
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

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Workshop Resource: "A Community of Practice Model for Infusing Active Learning in the Classroom"