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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We look forward to having you join us for the conversation,
Elly, Julie, & Austin
Conferences and Events
See a conference you would like to attend? Contact the Science Literacy Program to see if travel funds are available!
2018 Summer Institute on Scientific TeachingRegional Summer Institutes
June 18-22: California – University of California, San Diego
July 9-13: Northwest – The Evergreen State College
July 16-20: Gulf Coast – Louisiana State University
July 22-26: Northeast – University of Connecticut
The 2018 Summer Institutes are just around the corner and we are asking alumni to nominate colleagues who would benefit from—and contribute to—participation in a Summer Institute! Last year 20% of Summer Institute attendees came from our nomination program.Nominees should be professors, instructors, or graduate students in STEM; they do not need to be from your own institution. If there are any individuals you’d like to recommend, please fill out their contact information by clicking the button below. Individuals who are nominated will receive an email message that provides information about the Summer Institutes and invites them to apply. If preferred, your nomination can remain anonymous. Please note that a nomination is not a prerequisite for applying. You can fill out the nomination form on our website.
SABER 2018 Call for Abstracts and Workshop Proposals
The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) invites you to submit abstracts and workshop proposals for the annual National Meeting. The deadline is April 9. Please see the following websites for more information.
Lilly Conference Updates and Announcements Lilly Bethesda, Conference on Designing Effective Teaching
May 31 – June 3
The conference draws a mix of dedicated faculty and administrators at all stages of their careers. Graduate students comprise a small portion of the conference audience and presenters. The 2018 conference schedule/program will be posted to our website, soon, presenters have been selected and are given 2 weeks to confirm each presentation. The conference space we will occupy at the Hyatt for breakout sessions is all located on one floor, with plenary sessions, meals, and the poster reception held below in the Crystal Ballroom. Those attendees who reserve a room at the Hyatt will receive discounted room rates, discounted parking, and discounted in room wifi. Those of you who commute and park at the Hyatt property will receive discounted parking as well. Conference registration is open: lillyconferences-md.com/registration.
Designing, Implementing, and Facilitating Faculty Learning Communities
Traverse City MI June 18- 20
Is your institution looking for a purposeful way to enhance and enrich teaching and learning on your campus? One proven solution is the implementation of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). This approach prescribes engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning and with frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community building. Evidence shows that FLCs provide effective “deep learning” that encourages and supports faculty to investigate and engage new (to them) methods of teaching and to assess resulting change in student learning. Implementation Science confirms that FLCs provide the most effective way to implement and sustain teaching and learning innovations for faculty and staff. This institute will guide faculty and administrators interested in FLCs through issues and examples of the design, implementation, and facilitation of FLCs.Registration is open – we suggest teams of 3-5 from the same institution attend when possible (group discounts are available): lillyinstitutes.com
2018 WCBSURC Meeting
The 43rd Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSURC) will be held at Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA onSaturday, April 14, 2018. Abstract submission closes on March 16th, 2018. Early registration discount also ends March 16, 2018, but normal registration continues through April 13, 2018. You can visit our website for more information and to submit abstracts.
NWBIO Registration and Call for Abstracts Now AvailableRegistration and call for abstracts for the Northwest Biology Instructor’s Organization conference is now open. If you would like to present an idea, demonstrate an innovative teaching technique, or lead a discussion, please submit an abstract by March 16. Register by April 20th for the Early Bird Special. For more information on the conference, and to register, visit our website.
UO and Local Events and Announcements
Quack Chats Pub Talk: The Coming Revolution in Quantum Technology
Science is undergoing a second quantum revolution. People are realizing that the seemingly strange, counterintuitive aspects of quantum physics can be used to create new technologies in communications, sensing and computing, says UO physics professor Michael Raymer, author of “Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know,” a book for nonscientists. Because our technological future rests on our ability to process and use information in efficient ways, he says, developing quantum technologies is of great interest. The quack chat will be held at Downtown Athletic Club, Ax Billy Grill Third Floor on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
UO Student Logo Contest- Help Spread the Word On “Bee” Friendly Campus
The University of Oregon is in the process of becoming a bee friendly campus, and we invite students to participate in a contest to design a logo for our outreach and educational materials. The logo must include at least one bee and something that identifies our campus as bee friendly. Prizes are included for the winner of the contest. Submit original artwork in a PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is April 2 at midnight.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Should more students be coming to your office hours? Consider converting some of them into a Course Center: reserve a room (not your office) where students can come each week to study, alone or in groups, and make yourself available in the room to answer questions and discuss concepts. Students often feel more comfortable if they’re not on the instructor’s “home turf” and if there’s no pressure to come prepared with questions. For details, see Chung, C. and Hsu, L. (2006). Encouraging students to seek help: Supplementing office hours with a course center. College Teaching, 54(3), 253–258. http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/27559279.pdf