Promoting STEM Student Resilience in Online Courses Through Growth Mindset Communication

ISLS Annual Meeting 2021 (Online Event)
Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future
Bochum, Germany, June 7-11

Workshop Details

Workshop TitlePromoting STEM Student Resilience in Online Courses Through Growth Mindset Communication
Workshop IDISLSWS_03
DateJune 1
Time11:00am - 3:00pm (EDT)


Rebecca Rosenblatt, AAAS-STP Fellow @ NSF, [email protected]
Heather Rosenblatt, Western Governors University, [email protected]
Doug Scheib, Western Governors University, [email protected]
Rebecca Lindell, Tiliadal STEM Education Solutions, [email protected]

Workshop Description

Improving persistence and retention rates in STEM courses is one of the largest challenges facing higher education today. This workshop focuses on helping instructors in online/distance learning formats improve their interaction with students to help develop their students’ resilience by encouraging development of growth mindset through growth mindset communication strategies and properly timed student outreach. Workshop presenters will introduce the topic of growth mindset and resilience to participants through a series of engaging activities and role-playing demonstrations. Participants will jointly craft a set of outreach templates which will be appropriate for email, or in-person/live/phone conversations to a variety of common conversation topics which will be available to participants post workshop. Distance learning experts from Western Governors University and two STEM discipline-based education researchers will conduct this workshop.
The workshop will be offered primarily through zoom breakout rooms.

Workshop Activities: Exploring Growth Mindset; Role Playing of Tough Conversations; Creation of Outreach Material.

Also, note that you are required to sign up for either the regular isls meeting (workshop free) or for the practitioners and individuals working for non-profit organizations strand (workshop $20)

Expected Audience

While this workshop will be aimed at graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty, mid and late career faculty are also welcome. No prior knowledge of resilience and/or growth mindset is necessary.