Annual Science Education Open House

Hosted by Skylight and the CWSEI

Monday April 11, 2016

All are welcome

Earth Sciences Building (ESB), 2207 Main Mall, UBC

Morning Session (9:30-11:30am, ESB 1012)

Three talks highlighting major projects in improving lab courses:

Poster Session (11:30am–1:30pm, ESB Atrium, 1st floor)

Posters about teaching and learning projects from departments across the Faculty of Science.


Science Learning Tech Rovers (LTRs) on the Rove Tina Deng, Dorothy Mung, & Lisa Liang
Writing Across the Curriculum in UBC Science S. Obradovich, J. Stewart, E. Jandciu, M. Aubé, L.P. Garcia, & T. Deane
Enhancing Campus Wellbeing through Evidence-Based Projects: The Impacts of Increasing Student Empowerment, Engagement, and Social Connectedness Karen Smith, Natasha Moore, & Kelly White
Enhancing Campus Wellbeing through Evidence-Based Projects and a Multi-level Approach: Examples from UBC Vancouver Campus Karen Smith & Patty Hambler
Insights from the inaugural cohort of an innovative first-year undergraduate program for international students A. Welsh, S. Zappa-Hollman, B. Wilson, J. Haggerty, & J. Fox

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Pilot implementation of an online homework system for practice and feedback on decision-making skills Molly Chen & Jane Maxwell
Development of collaborative skills during a group project: Teamwork Processes, Strategies, and Barriers to Effective Collaboration Elizabeth Gillis & Kerry Knox
Developing the third-year integrated chemistry laboratory: Putting the pieces together
Guillaume Bussiere, Vishaka Monga, Christine Rogers, Robin Stoodley, & Elizabeth Gillis

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Computer Science

Using Learning Analytics for Providing Personalized Content and Feedback in Large Classes
Hassan Khosravi & Kendra Cooper
Retiring the Red Pen: Marking Exams Digitally
Hassan Khosravi & Donald Acton
Computational Thinking
Jessica Wong & Piam Kiarostami
Studying the Effects of Adding 'In-Lab' Programming Tests to a CS Service Course
Edwin Knorr & Christopher Thompson
Understanding the Student Experience in Introductory Computer Science Courses
Jessica Dawson & Meghan Allen

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Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Author (s)
How to help students get the most out of labs: benefits and challenges of pre-lab assignments
Sarah Bean Sherman, Emily Scribner, Lori Kennedy, & Maya Kopylova
Can Teamwork be Taught? Improving Teamwork Skills in Geological Engineering
Susan Hollingshead & Kristi Carey
Can a Day 1 group worksheet improve student application of math in a climate change course? Sara Harris, Tara Ivanochko, Phil Austin, & Nathan Roberson
A Paired Teaching Model for Instructor Development: Lessons from the EOAS Department
Tara Holland
Students’ Perceptions of Teaching & Learning Experiences after 7 years of CWSEI support Francis Jones
Adapting Evidence-Based Face-to-Face Instructional Practices for Distance Education Francis Jones, Louise Longridge, & David Turner

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Life Sciences

Is more activity always better? A department-wide study of relationships between classroom practices and student performance
Megan Barker, Laura Weir, Lisa McDonnell, Natalie Schimpf, Tammy Rodela, & Patricia Schulte
Exploring the Impact of Jargon on Student Learning in Biology: Student Understanding, and Self-Perception of Understanding, of Technical Vocabulary
Jenna Zukswert, Megan Barker, & Lisa McDonnell
Direct Instructions (DI) versus Productive Failure (PF) – Best practices for interactive in-class activities
Sunita Chowrira, Ido Roll, & Karen Smith
Biology 140 (Laboratory Investigations in Life Science) Renewal
Natalie Schimpf , Pamela Kalas, & Kathy Nomme

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Feasibility and effectiveness of group exams in mathematics courses Kseniya Garaschuk

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Physics and Astronomy

Cueing and Question Reliability Joss Ives
Further investigations into the effectiveness of collaborative group exams Joss Ives
Developing student attitudes in the first-year physics lab at UBC Linda Strubbe, Doug Bonn, & Joss Ives
Paired teaching for faculty professional development Jared Stang & Linda Strubbe
Effective use of interactive physics simulations for pre-class assignments Jared Strang, Megan Barker, Sarah Perez, Joss Ives, & Ido Roll
What goes on in group exams? Video analysis of group exam interactions Nutifafa Sumah & Joss Ives
The effectiveness of two-stage exams in promoting learning in introductory physics courses Simmer Mand & Joss Ives
Digital distraction: Learning Catalytics or Clicker Fatemeh Renani, Georg Rieger, & Joss Ives
Assessing Difficulty Levels of Exam Questions Georg Rieger

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Introductory Statistics Flexible Learning Project: Resources and Student Interactions with Web Visualizations Gaitri Yapa, Melissa Lee, Bruce Dunham, Gillian Gerhard, & Nancy Heckman

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Workshops (1:00-2:30pm)

Two parallel sessions:

First-Year Student Experience: Sharing what has been learned about attitudes, skills & wellness for a continuing discussion

Well-prepared students: Motivating Students Before and During Class

Questions? Please feel free to contact Warren Code ( with any questions about the event.

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