Impact of the Science Literacy Program – by the numbers

3rd December 2017 at 11:54 am

The Science Literacy Program has grown tremendously since it was founded in 2010. Last year, nearly 20% of undergraduate students participated in an SLP-affiliated course. The SLP works with faculty instructors, graduate fellows, and undergraduate scholars to improve pedagogy and science communication in order to support undergraduate student success.


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SLP Mission Statement

2nd December 2017 at 7:07 pm

Our mission is to promote student success through evidence-based science education. 

The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program (SLP) makes a real-world difference in the lives of UO students by building science literacy among undergraduate students, giving science students mentored teaching opportunities to implement active learning, and providing faculty with teaching professional development.

SLP supports General Education courses that promote student-centered teaching and communication of science where students are empowered to consider scientific approaches to societal issues and have the opportunity to learn how to process and critique scientific information. Graduate students and undergraduate students in the sciences have mentored teaching opportunities where they learn the theory and practice of scientific teaching and effectively communicating ideas to audiences of non-scientists.  The program enables and assists faculty in improving teaching techniques using evidence-based pedagogy focusing on science literacy.

Winter 2018 Course List

9th November 2017 at 11:51 am

Winter 2018 Courses

  • ASTR 121    The Solar System
  • BI 123    The Biology of Cancer
  • BI 130    Introduction to Ecology
  • BI 212    General Biology II: Organisms
  • BI 322    Cell Biology
  • BI 484    Molecular Evolution
  • CHEM 222    General Chemistry II
  • GEOL 462    Environmental Geomechanics
  • HPHY 112    The Science of Health
  • PHYS 162    Solar and Renewable Energies
  • PHYS 171    The Physics of Life
  • PHYS 205    Introductory Physics Lab
  • PHYS 413    Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism

Journal Club: Spring Term Week 5

2nd May 2018 at 10:47 am

How can we assess students’ mastery of learning objectives?  Last week we talked about multiple choice exams.  This week we’ll cast our net wider, considering other methods and how to give students feedback they can use to improve their work.  To prepare, please read:

Pages 92 – 111 of Chapter 3: Designing Significant Learning Experiences I in Fink, L.D. 2013. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.  The book is available as an e-book from the UO Library.

Also suggested: Designing Better Quizzes: Ideas for Rethinking Your Quiz Practices. (2018). Faculty Focus, Magna Publications.  Available here for free, but registration is required.  Alternatively, contact Julie or Austin for a pdf.

It’s week 5- a great time to get some feedback on how students are learning in your course.  The UO is currently piloting new student experience surveys.  If you’re interested in participating, go to and follow the link in the Phase One section.

Thursdays 9am, LISB 217
We look forward to seeing you there,
Julie and Austin

Spring Term Journal Club

18th April 2018 at 10:40 am

The Science Teaching Journal Club invites you to participate in our eighth year of weekly gatherings! The journal club is a cooperative effort of the Teaching Engagement Program and the Science Literacy Program. Meetings feature lively, structured discussions across discipline and rank with periodic small-scale teaching experiments.

This group provides a wonderful space to learn about, discuss and develop new ideas about teaching. Our theme this spring is “Your Course from the Ground Up.” We’ll read about, discuss, and work on some of the fundamental elements of designing and teaching a whole course or individual lesson. We’ll also learn about how UO faculty approach the challenge of designing and teaching their courses by inviting people in to discuss their experiences in detail and by fanning out to observe classrooms in the wild. Please join us for the whole series or drop in for a specific conversation!

We will meet in 217 LISB (Lewis Integrative Sciences Building) at 9:00 am on Thursdays.

See you there!
Julie & Austin

SLP Special Event with Victoria Sork

9th May 2018 at 10:46 am

The Science Literacy Program is hosting a seminar and round-table discussion with Professor Victoria Sork, UCLA, ” for Student Success and Inclusive Education in STEM Disciplines.” The seminar is on Wednesday, May 23, 9:00-11:00am in 240D Willamette Room. Click here to RVSP.