The CU Science Education Initiative is…
a university-supported, 5-year, $5M project to improve how we teach science to all undergraduate students, slated to complete in 2013.
The SEI focuses on:
1) supporting faculty to approach the teaching of science as a science, that is to:
Identify difficulties in and develop an understanding of student learning by using or developing research-based tools/techniques to monitor student learning.
Use instructional approaches guided by research on learning and measures of student learning.
Develop and utilize beneficial educational technology.
Archive and disseminate proven methods and materials.
News and updates:
New Course Transformation Guide
We have compiled a downloadable Course Transformation Guide ; a booklet aimed to help instructors use research-based principles in their instruction. Includes information about teaching and learning, and recommendations regarding instructional practice.
Article about Carl Wieman’s education efforts
Our past director Carl Wieman was featured in an article in The Chronical of Higher Education, June 17 2013: Crusader for Science Teaching Finds Colleges Slow to Change .
SEI featured in Science
The SEI and our past director Carl Wieman were featured in an article in Science Magazine, April 19 2013: Transformation is Possible if a University Really Cares .
clickers website & videos
We have a resource website devoted to clickers. including clicker questions, videos of expert teachers, and workshop materials.
Learning About Teaching Physics
The SEI has helped to support a short audio podcast on education research that relates to the physics and science classroom! Read more.. .