We were founded in response to a national call for 100,000 new STEM teachers and an additional 1,000,000 STEM professionals. We’re building on the unique skills and perspectives our diverse student population brings to the classroom and ultimately to the workforce. We are dedicated to improving institutional learning practices through evidence-based teaching.
We’re transforming classroom, programmatic and institutional education practices across disciplines to meet the national need for qualified STEM professionals.
We serve as a living laboratory that develops and shares best practices, policies and training for STEM professionals across the nation.
Institutional Transformation Strategies
We advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education research by facilitating the adoption of evidence-based teaching and learning practices across campus. We position FIU as a living laboratory for developing future STEM professionals, especially those from statistically underrepresented groups.
FIU has provided strong administrative support to promote evidence-based instructional strategies. The campus currently has dedicated 18 new active learning classrooms, ranging in size from 48 to 270, with a total student capacity of 1,485.
We operate the undergraduate Learning Assistant program, as well as the Faculty Scholar program, to foster implementation of active learning. Faculty have implemented active learning instruction in multiple STEM disciplines leading to increased student success and retention.
Active learning and the Mastery Math Lab have transformed FIU’s College Algebra courses and dramatically increased pass rates across the college. The Mastery Math Labs are computer labs where students can work on course materials, do homework, take quizzes and tests, and receive help from faculty and LAs.
Undergraduate STEM Course Transformation
Our faculty are transforming instructional practices across disciplines to include strategies that improve student learning and success for students of all backgrounds.
Improved Success in Modeling Instruction
Modeling courses have proven to show higher success rates than traditional lecture courses.
FIU has 18 state-of-the-art classrooms recently built and designed to house active learning at a financially sustainable scale, with the goal of meeting active learning initiatives.