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We are educators,
students, & others
who want to help
ALL students learn
science successfully!

How can we help more students succeed?

"One size for all" teaching leaves many students behind, or turns them off to science. Reaching more students means changing how they learn science, AND how we teach it.

Helping more students succeed means adopting teaching and curriculum practices with proven ability to increase learning outcomes. The best solutions:
  • Embody research evidence on how people learn
  • Reflect the neuroscience of learning
  • Adapt to local needs
  • Work in many settings
  • Can be implemented sustainably on a small or large scale, and
  • Make science more accessible and engaging.

The Adapa Project team looks for WHAT works, then asks WHY it works, and HOW we can help more teachers and students incorporate it into the teaching and learning space. We focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines, but get inspiration and resources from many fields.

Our Four Focus Areas

   Building An Accessible Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base documents WHAT works, and WHY. When choosing resources we asked: "what is most important for teachers to understand about how students learn science?"
  • What foundational principles apply to all learners?
  • What helps students become self-directed learners?
  • What new evidence should educators be aware of?
  • How are theories turned into useful best practices?
  • Where can teachers go to learn more?
The Knowledge Base reflects our experiences training the next generation of STEM faculty, and helping current faculty expand their teaching practices.
How People Learn-Brain, Mind, Experience, and School

Bransford's landmark study, published in 2000 by the National Academies of Science.
Click the title to download a free copy, or read online.

   Tools That Empower Teachers & Learners

The first part of how we help instructors and students adopt best practices.

There is an ever-growing array of tools that embody best practices. Some like Bybee's 5E model have long histories, others like flipped classes are more recent innovations. Educational technology offers many free or low-cost tools that, used thoughtfully, benefit teachers and students both. Social media too is finding its proper place in the learning space. Teachers are finding that social media provides new routes for collaboration, interaction, and assessment that were unavailable in the past.

Use our Resources Libraries to discover new tools, and learn what they can do, how to bring them into the classroom, and how to assess their impact.
Have You Tried This?

yEd is a powerful diagram and flow charting tool. Work manually or import data for analysis, and optimize layout automatically. Files export as HTML, images, or interactive GraphML files. Free (OS X, Windows, Linux). More...

   Projects Targeting Specific Challenges

Part 2 of how we help instructors incorporate best teaching practices.

Listed in the main menu under Project Spaces, each project focuses on a specific challenge in science teaching and learning that we have identified. Project scope ranges from topic- & course-level barriers to multi-institutional challenges.
  • Currently Active outlines our main projects.
  • Suggested Projects summarizes projects in discussion or development.
We are always looking for collaborators. Contact us here if you have a project idea you would like to explore or help build.
Active Projects

   Training & Professional Development

Part 3 of how we help instructors incorporate best teaching practices.

Just as carpenters need many different tools, successful teachers need a variety of techniques in their "teaching toolbox" for responding to different teaching challenges. Look here for:
  • Webcasts, demos, and reviews from leaders & innovators
  • STEM education news
  • Links to other professional development resources
  • The Project blog, and Q&A/weekly challenge column
  • Social media feeds
  • A Calendar of Events
Coming Events
Transforming STEM Higher Education: 2014 Network for Academic Renewal Conference

November 6-8, 2014
Atlanta, GA 30303
Improving content knowledge, competencies, and STEM literacy for all students. Conference explores innovative and effective undergraduate STEM teaching and learning, measurement and evaluation, faculty professional development, and promoting institutional change. Co-sponsors: AAC&U, PKAL. Go to Conference Page

Project News!

ChemBook is Coming!

July 3, 2014
ChemBook is now in development. The first module will be tested Fall 2014.

BioBook is Recruiting Test Partners

June 30, 2014
We are recruiting 6 liberal arts colleges and universities to test BioBook for 1 semester at no cost. Contact us to learn more.

BioBook Receives Arthur Vining Foundation Grant

June 25, 2014
WFU has received a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to support three Adapa Project initiatives:
  • Evaluation and adoption of BioBook in liberal arts colleges
  • Launch of the first evaluation module for ChemBook
  • Expansion of The Adapa Project's toolset for developers, teachers, and students.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this prestigious grant a reality.

Want to know more?

  • Interested in using our tools?
  • Have an idea for a new tool or resource?
  • Like to collaborate on a project?
  • Want to help curate a thematic area?
  • Have an existing innovation you want to share with the education community?
We want to hear from you! Click here to contact us.

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