This series of films is part of the NISE Network's "Team-Based Inquiry" professional development package. TBI is an approach to empowering professionals to get the data they need, when they need it, in order to improve their products and practices and create successful educational experiences. These materials were designed to support museum practitioners in learning about and using TBI in their own institutions and practice.
Team-based inquiry (TBI) is a practical approach to empowering education professionals to get the data they need, when they need it, to improve their products and practices and, ultimately, more effectively engage public and professional audiences.
The TBI process involves an ongoing cycle of inquiry: question, investigate, reflect, and improve.
This guide explains each step of the TBI process and features ways TBI has been used in the NISE Network to improve educational experiences and professional practice.
Staff training materials for Nano & Society workshop. The workshop focused on preparing museum educators to engage the public in conversations about the relationship between nanotechnology and society. Workshop participants learned new hands-on activities, full-length programs, and ideas for facilitating visitor experiences in the Nano mini-exhibition. The workshop provided specific training and skill-building in nano and society content, conversation facilitation, and improving and learning from professional practice (Team Based Inquiry).
Nano 101 introduces educators to NISE Net’s four big ideas related to nanoscale science, engineering, and technology (“nano”). Related NanoDays activities can be used with this overview presentation to help prepare educators to engage the public in NISE Net educational experiences.
Staff and Volunteer training materials for NanoDays.
This Guide provides information and resources for planning and hosting a Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum for early career researchers that will enhance their science communication skills, engage their interest in education and outreach, and prepare them for providing effective and rewarding education outreach experiences.
An updated version (v 3.0) of the guide and materials was posted in February 2015. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions/comments.
"Engaging the Public in Nano" provides an overview of key concepts in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, as identified by the NISE Network. This document is intended as a resource for educators and others who engage the public in informal learning experiences.
A Powerpoint presentation with script and program guide that helps prepare staff and the public to discuss nanotechnology.
Team Based Inquiry (TBI) Cohort (2015) organizations describe their evaluation capacity-building projects
In 2015, the Network provided an in-depth professional development training to 18 staff from 9 institutions within the network to fully learn and practice Team-Based Inquiry (TBI). Through this process, individuals learned and practiced TBI, conducted TBI on their mini-grant projects, implemented changes to their mini-grant projects, and wrote reports and presentations on their experience. The videos below are the institutions' presentations to the cohort about their own projects.
Online Brown-Bag: Improving NanoDays Trainings with Team-Based Inquiry - Partner Examples (Recorded)
Did you see that book or those digital files about something called Team-Based Inquiry (TBI) in your NanoDays kit? Are you wondering what they are all about? Join us as we talk about Team-Based Inquiry, an evaluation-capacity building process developed by the NISE Network, and discuss a couple of different ways you can think about improving your institution's events, programs, or trainings using TBI! We will cover what TBI is before providing examples from Network partners about how they have used it to create better staff and training programs around nano.