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JiTT Impact and Citations

G. Novak, gnovak@iupui.edu

To date (May 2004), we are aware of about 300 faculty in about 25 disciplines at approximately 100 institutions across the US, Canada, Europe, and Israel who have adopted the JiTT strategy. The institutions include high schools, two year colleges, four year colleges, professional schools, and universities, large and small, rural and urban, private and public. The disciplines represented are art history, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, French, geology, health science, history, human development, journalism, marine science, mathematics, music, nursing, pharmacy, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, science education, sociology, teacher education, and writing.
Much of our “current status of JiTT” knowledge comes from targeted searching of the web for JiTT-related talks, courses, etc. We regularly learn by word of mouth or serendipitous connections about other JiTT adopters and adapters. What we mention here is thus but a partial picture of the complete current JiTT story.
Two national venues have proven to be of particularly great importance: the NSF-sponsored New Faculty Workshop for physics and astronomy and the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) series of workshops. The New Faculty Workshop is a yearly event for new faculty at research institutions, intended to give the participants a grounding in good teaching practices. By invitation, JiTT has been included in these NSF workshops for the past seven years. PKAL has been the primary venue for extending JiTT to all science disciplines and beyond.


NSF funds have directly contributed to the following JiTT initiatives:

Thirteen faculty are currently supported by seven NSF grants to implement, disseminate, and build an evaluative foundation for JiTT across SMET disciplines.

Other NSF support of JiTT:

JiTT Citations

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) has picked up JiTT as a best practice worth showcasing at its workshop series and presentations. (PKAL describes itself as “an informal alliance working to strengthen undergraduate learning in mathematics, engineering, and the various fields of science” and it “has worked with over 800 colleges and universities since 1989 to build and sustain environments that best serve 21st century students, science and society.”)
The 1999 NSF-funded PKAL publication entitled “Then, Now, and in the Next Decade: A Commentary on Strengthening Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education” featured JiTT as a success story.

JiTT was recently cited as an effective pedagogical strategy in an article entitled "Scientific Teaching" in the journal Science, Vol 304, Issue 5670, 521-522, 23 April 2004.
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/304/5670/521 -- Full Article Text
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/data/304/5670/521/DC1/1 -- Supplementary Web Material and References

Harvard's Project Galileo site features JiTT as one of several successful teaching innovations. Project Galileo describes itself as “your gateway to innovative science teaching methods.” It is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and its purpose is “to make innovative teaching ideas and materials broadly available to teachers nationwide.” It showcases “only class-tested, ready-to-use methods that can readily be implemented in your own classes.”

On July 20-22, 1999, the National Science Foundation held a Workshop on Improving Undergraduate Education in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences through the Use of Technology. In the Preliminary Report of that workshop, in the “Physics” resource listing, the JiTT site is one of only 6 sources showcased (see page 68 of 78).

Tomorrow's ProfessorSM Listserv Postings #296 (2/27/01) and #176 were devoted to JiTT:
The Tomorrow's ProfessorSM Listserv, sponsored by The Stanford University Learning Laboratory, seeks to “foster a diverse, world-wide teaching and learning ecology among its nearly 12,000 subscribers at over 500 institutions and organizations in 86 countries around the world.” The Listserv describes itself as “desktop faculty development, one hundred times per year” (two postings per week).

The “Better Education Inc.” website, devoted to gathering information about work on interactive teaching and to making it known to interested parties, offers a newsletter article that interviews Harvard College Professor Eric Mazur who enthusiastically endorses JiTT:
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