CWSEI End-of-Year Event

Friday, April 29, 2011

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), 1961 East Mall


9am—11am (room 182)

Overview of CWSEI Progress - Sarah Gilbert
Workshops and Activities in Large First-Year Physics Lectures - Georg Rieger
What I Learned from CWSEI-EOS - Susan Allen
Biology 306 Advanced Ecology- Gary Bradfield
Transformations: Math 104 and 184 - Mark Mac Lean

Poster Session

11am—1:30pm (room 261)

Faculty and Science Teaching & Learning Fellows presented posters on what’s happening in the Earth & Ocean Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Life Sciences, and Chemistry CWSEI programs, as well as posters addressing cross-cutting issues.

List of Posters


Assessment of Learning in a Liquid-Liquid Extraction Experiment and Technical Skill in an Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Nicholas R. Mah
Evaluation of Learning Gains in CHEM 123 students performing Experiment 12 - pH in Blood Samantha D'souza

Computer Science

Author (s)
Measuring Student Confidence and Lab Material Balance in a Computer Science Course Ryan Golbeck
Improving Student Engagement and Self-Assessment Through Gamification Kim Voll and Andre Malan
Revitalizing Labs: Lessons from 2.5 Years of Iterative Development and Assessment of Digital Logic Labs Elizabeth Patitsas and Steve Wolfman

Earth & Ocean Sciences

Promoting and Measuring General Scientific Reasoning Expertise of 2nd Year Students Francis M. Jones, Mark Jellinek and Michael G. Bostock
Measuring Novices' Field Mapping Abilities Using an In-Class Exercise Based on Expert Task Analysis Josh Caulkins
Geologic Expertise and Field Mapping: Lessons from a 3rd Year Undergraduate Field School Josh Caulkins
The Observation Feedback Loop: Using Classroom Observation Data to Improve Student Engagement Erin Lane
Tracking Student Progress with a Mineralogy/Petrology Concept Inventory Alison Jolley, Sara Harris and Mary Lou Bevier
Student Evaluations of Teaching: How have EOS-SEI Courses Fared? Sara Harris

Life Sciences

The Operon Concept Inventory: Measuring Targeted Learning Gains in Microbiology Jared Taylor, Elizabeth Imrie and George Spiegelman
Measuring Learning Gain in a Transformed Introductory Ecology Course Malin Hansen


Basic Skills in Mathematics Joseph Lo and Costanza Piccolo
Assessing Basic Skills for Mathematical Proof Sandi Merchant and Andrew Rechnitzer
MAPS - Mathematics Attitudes Perceptions Survey Warren Code, Joseph Lo and Sandi Merchant
How do Novices Spend Time Programming with MATLAB? Warren Code
Redesign of Computer Labs for Engineering Students in a Linear Algebra Course Warren Code, Costanza Piccolo and Brian Wetton
Problem-solving Workshops in First-year Calculus Warren Code and Costanza Piccolo

Physics and Astronomy

Epistemological Framing and External Knowledge in Physics Problem Solving Sandy Martinuk
Shifting to a Copernican Model of the Solar System by Shifting Away from a Copernican Model of Teaching Peter Newbury and Harvey Richer
Physics and Astronomy Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program Jonathan Massey-Allard, Sandra Meyers and Natasha Holmes
Tracking Students' Knowledge of Electricity and Magnetism from 1st to 3rd Year Jim Carolan
On Guided Invention Activities that Support Scientific Reasoning and Domain Learning Natasha Holmes, Ido Roll, James Day and Doug Bonn
Learning Science by Doing Science - Designing, Executing and Analyzing Experiments in Physics 100 Labs Ido Roll, Jim Carolan and Georg Rieger


Afternoon Example Class & Workshops

Example Class – lead by Harvey Richer (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
1:30 – 2:50pm, room 182
In this demonstration class, you'll experience elements of interactive engagement incorporated into a classroom setting, including Peer Instruction with clickers, group activities with worksheets, and demonstrations.
Part 1: Example class (first 40 minutes)
Part 2: Discussion about the instructional techniques and implementation

3:00– 4:30pm – 2 simultaneous workshops
Designing in-class activities – room 185
Convert your lecture notes into activities
Workshop on designing small-group activities that give students practice in expert reasoning and develop expert problem solving skills in your discipline.

Effective Peer Instruction using clickers – room 260
Workshop on designing questions, and effective implementation strategies to facilitate productive student discussion during peer instruction.