Course Description

This badge provides proven strategies, resources, exemplars and critical friendships for instructors in designing course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). Participants will proceed step-by-step toward (re)envisioning class or lab-based activities as an independent or collaborative research project for students. Participants will begin with uncovering the tenets and benefits of undergraduate research as an experiential learning approach and how to build a course-based community of researchers in online or in-person contexts. You will identify teaching assumptions, disciplinary-specific methods and your goals for students through exercises, group discussions and contemplation. You will have opportunities to compare and critique existing CURE activities, descriptions and assessment protocols to inform the development of their own context-relevant designs. You will be coached to confidently surface ideas and share considerations as they determine what activities and logistics will work for implementing original and captivating CUREs in the courses you deliver. 

By the end of this course, participant will be able to: 

  • Describe key features of providing quality undergraduate research experiences including benefits for students 
  • Design teaching activities and set accompanying logistics to involve active and iterative student learning via research  
  • Consider opportunities for students to collaborate and/or involve community-engaged learning 
  • Formulate a means to cultivate a research community within a course, either in-person or online 
  • Articulate a dissemination activity for students to share their research beyond the class 
  • Design a critical reflection and/or authentic assessment protocol to consolidate students’ research-based learning  

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