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Brandman faculty members discuss contextual design theory and MyPath at AAC&U conference

November 14, 2016


Monica Shukla, Gerald Lege and Sheila Steinberg

Monica Shukla, Gerald Lege and Sheila Steinberg at the Association of American Colleges and Universities STEM conference in Boston.

An interdisciplinary team from Brandman University recently presented a 75-minute session at the annual Association of American Colleges and Universities STEM conference held in Boston, MA from November 3-5. The conference was attended by more than 600 people from around the country. The theme was “Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st Century Society.”

Dr. Monica Shukla, associate dean in the School of Business and Professional Studies, Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg, professor of social and environmental sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Gerald Lege, a member of the tutorial faculty for Brandman MyPath ™ discussed “STEM Education Transformation Using Contextual Design Theory to Assist with Institutional Change.”

“Our presentation highlighted the various innovative ways in which Brandman University delivers STEM education including blended, online and competency-based education programs. Participants were most interested in our competency-based education model (Brandman MyPath ) and support structure for the innovative delivery of STEM education. Our presentation was attended and generated stimulating interaction and active participation amongst audience members,” said Steinberg.  

The presentation stressed the how a competency-based education model provides greater access to education for students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Contextual design theory was examined to provide a  social science link to backwards design which is the hallmark of so many Brandman University courses and programs.

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