CWSEI End-of-Year Event

April 29, 2009


Overview of CWSEI, Carl Wieman
Adventures in Problem-Based Classroom Learning, Kimberly Voll, Computer Science
Large Scale Measurements of Student Conceptual Learning and Attitudes, Doug Bonn, Physics and Astronomy

Poster Session


Faculty and Science Teaching & Learning Fellows have put together about 40 posters on what’s happening in the Earth & Ocean Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Statistics, and Mathematics CWSEI programs. These present ways to implement: teaching strategies that engage students with the material, measuring conceptual understanding, TA development, improving students’ ability to apply learning to novel situations, and many other educational improvements.

Earth & Ocean Science
PDFEOS-SEI Long-Term Plan, Metadata and Faculty Survey - Sara Harris
PDFService course curriculum in Earth & Ocean Sciences - Francis Jones
PDFExit Survey of 4th Year Students – Survey Goals and Structure - Josh Caulkins
PDFHow does student engagement change with instructional technique? - Erin Lane
PDFStudent Attitudes in Earth Science Survey - Erin Lane
PDFUnderstanding Geological Time: A Proposed Assessment Mechanism for Beginner and Advanced Geology Students at UBC - Jamil Rhajiak
PDFRefining assessments of student learning in an introductory EOS lab course - Sara Harris & Brett Gilley
PDFClimate Science/Oceanography Misconceptions - Erin Lane, Roger Francois, and William Hsieh
PDFUsing student feedback surveys in EOSC 114, “Natural Disasters” - Francis Jones & Roland Stull
PDFWhat we've implemented, student response, and future plans in EOSC 210: Earth Science for Engineers - Brett Gilley, Erik Eberhardt, Uli Mayer, & Stuart Sutherland
PDFInvestigation of student perspectives: focus group set up & findings from EOSC 211: Computer Methods in Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences - Josh Caulkins & Rich Pawlowicz
PDFDo You See What I See Pre/Post Assessment - Erin Lane and Greg Dipple
PDFDevelopment of a New Course: EOSC 355, "The Planets" - Francis Jones & Catherine Johnson

Computer Science
PDFAdventures in Problem-Based Learning (CPSC 221: Data Structures & Algorithms) - Kimberly Voll
PDFRevising an Introductory Computer Science Course: Exploratory Labs, Interactive Lectures, and Just-in-Time Teaching - Gwen Echlin, Piam Kiarostami, Elizabeth Patitsas, Steven Wolfman
PDFPeerWise - students sharing and evaluating their multiple choice questions - Paul Denny

Physics & Astronomy
PDFPhysics Lab Diagnostic & Teaching by Building from Student Invention - James Day and Doug Bonn
PDFElectricity and Magnetism Concepts: Learning Gains and Retention - Jim Carolan
PDFMaking Physics Relevant in Physics 100 - Georg Rieger and Sandy Martinuk
PDFExploring the Solar System with a Human Orrery - Peter Newbury, Melanie Gendre, Brett Gladman, Laura Kasian, Nicole Meger, & Harvey Richer
PDFA Timeline for Transforming ASTR 310: Exploring the Solar System - Brett Gladman, Harvey Richer, & Peter Newbury
PDFInteractive Tutorial Activities in ASTR 310: Exploring the Solar System - Peter Newbury, Harvey Richer, Brett Gladman, & Melanie Gendre

Life Sciences
Student Satisfaction and Skill Development Study — Harald Yurk & Gülnur Birol
Findings of the Impact of a Non-majors First Year Biology Course on Students’ Attitudes Towards Biological Sciences — Gülnur Birol, Kathy Nomme, Sandra Keerthisinghe, and Jennifer Klenz
PDFInvention and Learning Activities in Biology 112: Developing Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills in First Year Biology Students — Jared Taylor, Karen Smith, & George Spiegelman
PDFEvaluation of the peer tutor program for a first year biology course (BIOL 121) — Stacey Tom‐Yew, Maryam Moussavi, Carol Pollock, & Gülnur Birol
PDFDevelopmentof a Methodology to Investigate Consistency in Assessment of Learning Outcomes for Biology 121 — Angie O’Neill, Gülnur Birol, & Carol Pollock

PDFInstruments for assessing practical skill development in a first-year chemistry laboratory course — Jennifer Duis, Laurel Schafer, Sophia Nussbaum, Jackie Stewart, Mike Carlson, Yuri Samozvanov
PDFGeneral chemistry students’ beliefs about chemistry and learning chemistry: An international comparison — Jennifer Duis, Carl Wieman, Laurel Schafer

PDFThe Basic Skills Test in Mathematics — Costanza Piccolo & Carl Wieman

PDFCWSEI Projects in the Department of Statistics — Bruce Dunham, Rebekah Mohr, & Eugenia Yu

Afternoon Workshops & Discussion Session

PDFUsing Clickers Effectively
1:30 – 3:00pm – Workshop led by Sara Harris, Earth & Ocean Sciences
Curious about clickers? Not sure how to use them most effectively? Clickers can be a useful tool for student learning, but success depends on good implementation. This workshop will give you practical experience to help you (1) articulate why you might choose to use clickers in YOUR class (or not), (2) write thought-provoking clicker questions, and (3) respond to student answers in real time. We will also discuss logistical issues and effective planning.

Invention Activities: Stimulating Students to Transfer Their Learning to Novel Situations
3:00 – 4:30pm – Workshop led by Doug Bonn, Physics & Astronomy, and George Spiegelman, Microbiology & Immunology
Work by researchers at Stanford has suggested a novel model for student exercises that increases the ability of students to transfer their knowledge to new situations. We have adapted the model, in which students are asked to invent mechanisms, or methods of analysis, and tried them out here at UBC. The results are interesting, as are the experiences. We'll explore the background to these activities and demonstrate examples from Physics and Astronomy and from Biology. We will also describe and have the participants work on creating an invention activity.

PDFImproving Learning by Reducing Unnecessary Demands on Working Memory
3:00 – 4:00pm – Discussion led by Carl Wieman
The short term working memory is that portion of the memory that remembers and processes all the new information that is provided in a one hour lecture. This working memory has very limited capacity, and any additional tasks required of it reduces its effectiveness to process material. I will briefly discuss the background research on the working memory and its limits, and some commonly used teaching practices that are known to increase demands upon the working memory. Then there will be an extended discussion as to what techniques can be used in lecture to reduce unnecessary demands on working memory and thereby improve student learning.