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COSEE-OS External Evaluator Dr. Ted Repa, representing four COSEE Centers (California, NOW, Ocean Systems and West), shared end-of-workshop evaluations from the Faculty/Graduate Student Collaborative workshop series conducted by these Centers in 2010 and 2011 at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting. These concept-mapping collaborative workshops paired ocean scientists with graduate students in an effort to improve student teaching and research capabilities.
Formative and summative evaluation results indicate that the workshops promoted more peer to peer interactions between faculty and graduate students and more familiarity with Ocean Literacy and Climate Literacy principles. An additional surprising benefit of the concept mapping collaborative workshops for graduate students were the ways in which concept mapping was able to help graduate students with their research — in presenting their research ideas to their faculty advisor, planning collaborative work in their laboratory, organizing research ideas for a proposal to a funding agency, developing the early stages of experimental design or thinking on a new research topic, or determining how their research fits in the bigger picture of their scientific discipline. In a 2012 follow-up survery, 98% stated that they were satisfied with the faculty interaction and 90% would recommend the workshop to peers/colleagues (n=66%).
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