Other Resources:

Science Education Initiative Papers

Go to the SEI Research tab to see papers resulting from CWSEI and CU-SEI research.

Course Transformation:

NEW! Course Transformation Guide
A guide for instructors interested in transforming a course, and transforming their instruction, to use research-based principles and improve student learning. Included are reviews of key principles in teaching and learning, and research-based recommendations on instructional techniques. (40 pages)

  • Contents:
  • Course Transformation Framework (Overview, Applying new research to improve science education, What all instructors should know)
  • Specific strategies for instructional activities (Motivation, Developing mastery, Practice & feedback, Creating self-directed learners, Creating productive views of intelligence and learning, Memory & retention)
  • Recommendations for implementing specific instructional practices - includes many resources that are on the Instructor Guidance page (Creating and using effective learning goals, First day of class, Better ways to review material in class, Instructor habits to keep students engaged, Preclass-reading assignments, Tips for successful “clicker” use, Student group work, Creating and implementing in-class activities, What not to do, Assessments that support student learning, Promoting course alignment)

Change article - Transforming Science Education at Large Research Universities: A Case Study in Progress
Carl Wieman, Katherine Perkins and Sarah Gilbert, Change, pp. 7-14 (March/April 2010).

A Thoughtful Approach to Instruction: Course transformation for the rest of us
Stephanie Chasteen, Katherine Perkins, Paul Beale, Steven Pollock, & Carl Wieman, Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. 40, pp. 24-30 (2011).

Science Education Initiative Suggested Indicators for Full Implementation
Guidance to Departments, Faculty members, and Science Teaching & Learning Fellows on the activities and accomplishments that maximize the chances that the efforts on a particular course meet the science education initiative goals.

Course Transformation Expectations
A checklist for course transformation and sustainability developed by the UBC Earth & Ocean Sciences Department Science Education Initiative program (EOS-SEI).

Course transformation case study
A case study example of a transformation of University of Colorado Physics 2130 “Introduction to modern physics”. This transformation was carried out by Carl Wieman, Kathy Perkins, and Sam McKagan.

Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF) role
The major components of the STLF role, with representative examples (2 pages).

STLF-Faculty Interaction Model
A general model for Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF)-Faculty member interactions.

More information on the Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF) role and development »

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Recommended books available for loan to UBC Community:

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching - Susan Ambrose, Michael Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha Lovett, and Marie Norman

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School - Ann Brown, Rodney Cocking, and John Bransford

Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (this is pretty technical) - Keith Sawyer

Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance (this is pretty technical) - K. Anders Ericsson, Neil Charness, Paul Feltovich, and Robert Hoffman

Discovering Statistics Using SPSS - Andy Field

Handbook of Educational Psychology (this is very technical) - Patricia A. Alexander and Philip H. Winne

Handbook of Metacognition in Education - Douglas J. Hacker, John Dunlosky, and Arthur C. Graesser

How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom - M. Suzanne Donovan and John D. Bransford

How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom - M. Suzanne Donovan and John D. Bransford

Just in Time Teaching - Gregor Novak, Andrew Gavrin, Wolfgang Christian, Evelyn Patterson

Knowing what Students Know (this is pretty technical) - James W. Pellegrino, Naomi Chudowsky, and Robert Glaser

Learning and Instruction - Richard E. Mayer

Peer Instruction: A User's Manual - Eric Mazur
Peer Instruction Interactive Teaching (DVD) featuring Harvard Physics Professor Eric Mazur

Scientific Teaching - Jo Handelsman, Sarah Miller, and Christine Pfund

Statistical Modeling: A Fresh Approach - Daniel T. Kaplan

Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite CD - Edward F. Redish (*this book outlines a variety of tools for learning and effective pedagogy, many of which can be broadly applied to disciplines other than physics)

What the Best College Teachers Do - Ken Bain

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Invention Activities:

The following materials have been designed and written by Jared L. Taylor and George B. Spiegelman in Life Sciences.
ZIP Folder of Materials

  • Invention Activities for University Cell Biology - A Guide for Instructors
  • Cell Biology Invention Activity Handouts
  • Cell Biology Invention Activity Follow-Up Homework
  • Cell Biology Invention Activity Slides
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Teaching Assistant Training:

The following TA training materials have been developed by Mya Warren, Sandy Martinuk and Joss Ives in the UBC Physics and Astronomy Department and are good models to follow.

Slides for all sections: Introduction, Learning to Teaching, Problem Solving, TAing by Questioning, Working with Groups, Marking, Formative Evaluation and Running the Big Show.

To visit the UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy TA Training Course Website, click HERE.

Notes from TA Training CWSEI End-of-Year Event afternoon discussion session - April 28, 2008

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talks & interviews:

›› See Events for materials from talks sponsored by the CWSEI

Transforming STEM Education: A Scientific Approach to Teaching & Learning Carl Wieman, White House OSTP; Optical Society of America Leadership Conference Address, Feb. 10, 2012, Washington, DC.

Transforming Science Education at a Large Research University: progress report from the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at UBC Plenary talk by Sarah Gilbert at The Western Conference on Science Education, University of Western Ontario (July 2011).

Carl Wieman Science Education talk — 2009    [PowerPoint version ]
      Video - April 2009 (Courtesy of Harvard University)

Poster on the UBC Science Education Initiative — 2009 for the President’s Campus Town Hall, September 2009.

Poster on the UBC and CU Science Education Initiatives — for the Facilitating Change in Undergraduate STEM Symposium, Western Michigan University, June 16-19, 2008.

Poster on Department-based Science Education Specialists (STF/STLFs) as agents of change in university education — for the Facilitating Change in Undergraduate STEM Symposium, Western Michigan University, June 16-19, 2008.

Carl Wieman UBC talk on What All Instructors Should Know About Learning - 2008
     [PowerPoint version ]

MIT World: Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science with Dr. Carl Wieman — March 2008

Kathy Perkins talk (Associate Director, CU-SEI) — Studying Student Beliefs About Science: their importance and what affects them — July 2007

e-Strategy Update » Blog Archive » Q&A with Dr. Carl Wieman — April 2007

UBC Podcasts: An Evening With a Nobel Laureate — March 2007

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Articles by Carl Wieman:

A Better Way to Evaluate Undergraduate Teaching, Change, Vol. 47(1), pp. 6-15 (2015), DOI: 10.1080/00091383.2015.996077

A Thoughtful Approach to Instruction: Course transformation for the rest of us
Stephanie Chasteen, Katherine Perkins, Paul Beale, Steven Pollock, & Carl Wieman

Change article - Transforming Science Education at Large Research Universities: A Case Study in Progress
Carl Wieman, Katherine Perkins and Sarah Gilbert

Quality of UBC students relative to other BC and major US Universities

APS News Back Page, November 2007 with references
     The "Curse of Knowledge" or Why Intuition About Teaching Often Fails

Change article - Why not try a scientific approach to science education?

Course transformation case study

A new model for post-secondary education, the Optimized University

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Other resources on the web:

Classroom Response System ("Clickers") Bibliography (Vanderbilt Center for Teaching)
A very extensive bibliography on clicker use and research (with links to digitally available papers).

Colorado Physics Education Research Papers

Colorado Physics Education Technology (PhET) Interactive Simulations

Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS)

Critical and Integrative Thinking Rubric (WSU)
An excellent guide developed at Washington State University for rating critical and integrative thinking.

Eric Mazur Peer Instruction Resources & Physics Education Research

Learning About Teaching Physics podcasts
A series of podcasts by Stephanie Chasteen and Michael Fuchs with participation by Eric Mazur, Catherine Crouch, Jenny Knight, Ed Prather, and others.

Physics Education Research (PER) User's Guide
A web resource for physics educators (and others) to learn how to teach more effectively by applying the results of physics education research and teaching methods based on these results.

SEI Course Materials System
A repository for UBC and CU Science Education Initiative course materials

SERC: The Science Education Resource Center
Teaching methods and activities repository for a variety of disciplines, and additional resources for geoscience educators.

Test preparation guidance, BYU Testing Center
Several guides for the creation of good tests, including the excellent "How to Prepare Better Multiple-Choice Test Items: Guidelines for University Faculty"

UBC Skylight Library

University of Illinois Introductory Physics Course Revisions

University of Washington Physics Education Group

Wendy Adams' Ph.D. Thesis - Covers research on design and effectiveness of interactive simulations, CLASS learning attitudes about science survey, and research on measuring specific components of scientific problem solving.

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