Science Education Initiative (SEI) Videos

Videos produced by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative (CU-SEI) and the University of British Columbia Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI).

EVIDENCE-BASED SCIENCE EDUCATION IN ACTION
*NEW*  Video demonstrations of classroom, lab, and other instructional strategies
This collection of videos was inspired by the observation that instructors are most likely to try new teaching strategies after watching a colleague or a video that demonstrates the strategy in action in a real setting. These are not documentaries or testimonials; they are demonstrations of evidence-based teaching strategies in action.

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The collection of videos includes:
Most clips include a description, the context in which the strategy is used, the clip with accompanying text to help focus on key features, some tips from the instructor, teaching materials used in this particular strategy (when available), and references pointing to research that supports use of this strategy.
TEACHING TECHNIQUES AND ASSESSMENT
play video Two-stage Exams

In two-stage exams students complete a test as individuals and then immediately complete it, or a similar test collaboratively in groups. Typically the majority of the students' marks (e.g. 85%) come from the individual component. The excitement of the exam seems to create very focused and useful discussions among the groups. It's difficult or impossible to find students who aren't participating (see if you can find any in the video).

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approx. 3 min
Two-stage Exams - Longer video with implementation tips approx. 7.5 min
play video Group Work in the College Classroom

How can you use group work effectively in a college setting?  Instructors and students share their experiences, and Carl Wieman explains what the research suggests for best practices in implementing group activities.

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approx. 15 min
Clickers in the Science Classroom
play video Clickers: Students and Teachers Speak

Instructors and students describe the benefits of clicker use in class when used to actively engage the students and get them thinking about the material.

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approx. 4.5 min
play video How to Use Clickers Effectively

Want to know more about just how to use clickers to best help your students learn?  This video shares the best practices in clicker use, including tips on writing questions and getting students to talk about them, the finer points of running a class discussion about a question, and how long to allow for this process.

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approx. 12 min
play video Anatomy of a Clicker Question

Just what is a clicker? This video will give you a brief snapshot of what a clicker question looks like in the classroom, from start to finish.

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approx. 3 min
play video The Research: Do Clickers Help Students Learn?

Why, and how, do researchers suggest that clickers be used? In this video, Chandra Turpen shares the current research on how this tool promotes student engagement and understanding.

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approx. 7 min
play video Explain to Your Students Why You're Using Clickers

If students don't know why you're using clickers, they may not buy into it. This video shows how we help get our students on board with this learning tool.

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Clickers in Upper Division Courses
play video Upper Division Clickers in Action

What might clickers look like in a junior course? Take a look inside one of our classrooms, and hear students and instructors discuss how and why they think clickers can be useful at this level.

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play video What Kinds of Questions Do We Ask in Upper Division?

Professor Steven Pollock walks through the questions that he asked in one day of Quantum Mechanics. He shares his strategies in choosing the questions and what he noticed about how students reacted to them.

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play video Writing Upper Division Clicker Questions

Struggling to figure out how to write a good question at this level? This short video gives a few quick tips from physics instructors.

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Faculty Workshops
For handouts and other materials, see www.colorado.edu/sei/fac-resources/workshops.htm


Learning Goals & Formative Assessment Workshop ("What Do You Want Them to Learn Today?")
This is a ~1 hour video of a 2-hour professional development workshop for faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, presented by Stephanie Chasteen.


Writing Great Clicker Questions
This is a ~1 hour video of a 2-hour workshop on writing effective clicker questions, for college faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, presented by Stephanie Chasteen.


Effective Facilitation of Clickers in the Classroom
This is a ~1 hour video of a 2-hour interactive workshop for college faculty on the use of clickers and Peer Instruction, presented by Stephanie Chasteen and Steve Pollock.
For handouts and other materials, see www.colorado.edu/sei/fac-resources/workshops.htm
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