-->Workshop Announcement --- WISER II at OSU  Feb 21 & 22, 2008


Dear colleagues,


            We are pleased to announce that NSF will be sponsoring a second
Workshop on Infrastructure in STEM Education Research (WISER II) at The Ohio
State University on February 21 and 22, 2008.  The focus will be on the
integrated development, deployment, and research use of the resulting data
for instruments to support assessment efforts.  This WISER meeting seeks to
recognize a shared vision of the value of this infrastructure and on forming
a concrete plan to make it happen.


            The event will be a working meeting where attendees are part of
one or two working groups.  There are two primary goals:


1)  To stimulate interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration in
research areas of interest to multiple disciplines. For this workshop, three
topics have been chosen:


*                                   Assessment of STEM Problem Solving
Skills and Processes

*                                   Assessment of Student Epistemological
Beliefs (beliefs and attitudes about learning in STEM)

*                                   Assessment of STEM Teachers' Beliefs and


2)                  To form organizing committees in each major STEM
discipline to guide the development of DANSER, the Database for Assessments
of National STEM Education Research. The purpose of DANSER is to provide a
national peer-reviewed on-line database that links background data about
students, instructors, courses, and institutions to student learning,
teaching practices, and other assessment data.  We hope to create this
shared infrastructure to serve STEM education researchers in


*                                Astronomy

*                                Biological Sciences

*                                Chemistry

*                                Earth Sciences

*                                Engineering

*                                Mathematics

*                                Physics

*                                Statistics


Session organizers for each topic will send participants a set of questions
to consider prior to the conference, as well as a detailed agenda for that
group's work.  Large blocks of time will be available for discussion and
further work on these topics during the conference.  Each group will present
a draft summary of their activities connected with the conference in a
plenary at the conference's end.  Reports from the session organizers will
be combined into an overall report to NSF at the conclusion of the workshop.


All expenses will be paid by NSF, including travel, lodging, and meals.
Further details about the conference can be found at  Those
interested in participating are asked to send a brief statement detailing
their interest to Kathy Harper at the e-mail address below.


Please direct any questions to Dennis Pearl, [log in to unmask], 614-292-3887
or Kathy Harper, [log in to unmask], 614-292-1525.



Kathy Harper             [log in to unmask]


Director, Undergraduate Course Development
Department of Physics
Managing Director
INitiative for Quantitative Education Research Infrastructure (INQUERI)


Mail:  191 W Woodruff Ave; Columbus, OH  43210

Office:  Smith Lab 1106E

Phone:    614-292-1525


Dr. Garry D. McKenzie

School of  Earth Sciences

The Ohio State University

125 S. Oval Mall

Columbus OH 43210-1398


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Phone    614-292-0655

Fax        614-292-7688