Proven Success Using Outcomes Targeting Framework

Student attrition rates using the Outcomes Targeting Framework

UCLA has used the Outcomes Targeting framework to solve several key systemic problems in STEM education. UCLA will share it’s methodologies and tools in the hackathon, and we’ll show you how to get started with small steps and minimal effort.

Outcomes Targeting tackles these key problems:

  • High attrition rates from math-intensive STEM classes
  • Students have poor conceptual understanding
  • Students have poor ability to solve real-world problems
  • Poor levels of inclusivity in STEM classes

Data Drives Effective Decision-Making

UCLA Data Using Outcomes Targeting Framework

What you'll get from this hackathon

What if you could quickly and easily collect empirical data regarding student performance that could then be used to support grant proposals and improve your teaching? You can.

stepping stones

Simple Steps

We’ll show you how to take small easy steps that have immediate benefit to you and your students. After each step, evaluate if it makes sense to proceed further.


We’ll help you define clear outcome goals that you can measure. Once you have metrics, you’ll be able to collect data on learning outcomes.


Gain the metrics and tools you need to pursue grant funding, publish your research and establish yourself as an innovator among your peers.

Hackathon Description

The Concept Inventory Hackathon is a collaborative, open-source process for identifying, measuring and boosting learning outcomes. Each hackathon will have 3-5 faculty participating from the same field.

About the Hackathon

  • Next Hackathons will take place in January 2016
  • Join by videoconferencing
  • Get help writing a short list of target problems for your specific training goals & get results
  • Concept Inventory Hackathon Guides assist you through each step
  • Draw on many existing resources: over 500 target problems in our data; Rosalind; etc.

What You’ll Learn

  1. How to develop learning outcomes that you can begin to measure and achieve
  2. How to develop real-world problems that engage your students through relevance to their lives
  3. How to use a free online tool to see what each of your student’s is actually thinking, so you can diagnose their underlying conceptual errors and fix them
  4. How to begin collecting data with minimal time & effort

Benefits to the BD2K Community

  • The BD2K community needs concept inventories. The hackathon will identify the concepts that are most crucial for BD2K applications.
  • The BD2K community needs metrics. The hackathon will facilitate identifying metrics that measure and boost how the concepts transfer to real-world problem solving.

What We’ll Cover

Personal Guides

Christopher Lee, PhD

Chris received a B.A. summa cum laude in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1988 from Harvard College, and a Ph.D. in Structural Biology from Stanford University in 1993. He has been a faculty member in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1998. He personally struggled with high attrition rates in his bioinformatics classes, and has a personal passion for improving learning outcomes in STEM disciplines.

Rachel Horak, PhD

Dr. Rachel Horak received her Ph.D. in Biology at Georgia Tech. While studying for the degree, she won numerous awards for teaching biology courses and earned a Certificate for Instruction in Higher Education through the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech. Rachel then completed a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in the School of Oceanography, where she spent several months doing research in the Pacific Ocean and taught several undergraduate courses. She then completed a Fellowship in Education at the American Society for Microbiology Headquarters in Washington, DC. There, Rachel led professional development workshops and webinars and developed resources for undergraduate biology faculty that helped faculty implement active learning and effective course design. Her education scholarship has been published in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education and Microbe magazine. In her courses, Rachel emphasizes broad cross-disciplinary concepts, classroom methods backed by educational research, such as active learning, and the inclusion of real research in the STEM classroom.

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