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.
The NISE Network program evaluation tools package includes guidelines and templates to facilitate in program evaluation
Hear the highlights from the NISE Network Professional Impacts Summative Evaluation. This longitudinal study explored how the Network impacted museum and university professionals’ sense of community, understanding of nano content, and implementation of nano education. Members of the NISE Net's Evaluation Team share stories and details about how the Network has successfully reached professionals in these areas.
This guide provides an overview of the Nano exhibition created by the NISE Network. The April 2015 document describes the exhibition and summarizes the unique dissemination model of distributing 93 copies of this small footprint mini-exhibition to locations throughout the United States. The guide content focuses on STEM learning and engagement, best practices in exhibition design, and impacts on museum audiences.
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.
Team Based Inquiry (TBI) Cohort (2014) organizations describe their evaluation capacity-building projects
In 2014, the Network provided an in-depth professional development training to 20 staff from 10 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: Team-Based Inquiry Stories - NISE Network Partners Share What Works (and What Doesn't!) (Recorded)
Team-Based Inquiry (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. This year, 20 individuals from 10 NISE Network partner institutions participated in a focused professional development cohort where they learned the TBI process and tried it out in their own institutions. How did it go, you ask? Did they actually get a team together, and did they actually study a project? They did!
This document outlines general guidelines for collecting and handling Team Based Inquiry (TBI) data. The guide was created for the NISE Network's Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol as a part of the Human Subjects Research training for NISE Net partners.
In 2010, the NISE Network’s Diversity, Equity, and Access working group undertook a partnership pilot project to identify strategies for engaging youth from underrepresented backgrounds in nanoscale informal science learning experiences. To carry out the project, three museums developed partnerships to deliver programming at Boys & Girls Clubs in their communities. This report provides case studies of how the partnerships developed over time and provides lessons learned to help guide informal educators working with Boys & Girls Clubs or similar afterschool programs.