New USF professor receives WIDER grant
TAMPA, Fla. -- New University of South Florida researcher Luanna Prevost recently received a
National Science Foundation Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER) grant for $55,000 to study how linguistic
software can be used to help faculty assess and improve student learning in biology courses.
"The purpose of the grant is to understand how faculty can use written assessments to support reformed teaching practices, particularly in large enrollment
course," Prevost said. "The study uses automated analysis of constructed response assessments to uncover student misconceptions about biology concepts and
provide feedback that faculty can use address these challenges.
USF is one of five collaborating institutions in the national network of faculty using these assessments.
The WIDER grant program is focused on transforming higher education institutions into supportive environments for science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) faculty members. Its goal is to substantially increase use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices by employing effective
instructional materials and methods.
Prevost, who joined USF this year, is assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia
and conducted postdoctoral research at Michigan State University with the Automated Analysis of Constructed Response research group. Prevost's research
interests focus on the assessment of student learning using automated text analysis of student writing, problem solving in biology, and teaching
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