Winter 2020 Courses with a STEM Education Focus
Science Teaching Ecosystems & Outreach
Science Teaching Ecosystems & Outreach is designed for all science or math undergraduate and graduate students interested in (1) learning about community resources and how master teachers harness these resources; and (2) improving their ability to communicate their STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) understandings to public audiences in a variety of learning settings. Each week, a guest who represents part of the larger ‘ecosystem’ of resources available to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) educators will facilitate conversations and activities. We will emphasize how teachers can connect their classrooms to the curricular materials, equipment, facilities, and expertise of these community partners. Drawing on these resources as well as instruction in interactive teaching methods aimed at inviting learners to engage in scientific practices, students in the course are expected to complete about two hours of public outreach with community partner organizations (museums, after school programs, etc.), reflect on their experiences, and discuss ways to improve. Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- 2 credit P/NP—No prerequisites
- Tuesdays 16:00-17:50 PM in WIL 147
- Undergraduate CRN 27142 (PHYS 408); Graduate CRN 27143 (PHYS 508)
- Instructors: Drs. Dean Livelybrooks & Bryan Rebar
Spring 2019 Courses with a STEM Education Focus
PHYS 408/508 Wrk: Science Outreach
Science Outreach is a course for any science or math student interested in opportunities to explore and develop their communication abilities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to public audiences, especially K-12, in museums and after school settings. The course involves instruction in interactive teaching methods aimed at inviting learners to engage in scientific practices. Current theories about how people learn will also be introduced. Each week students will complete two hours of public outreach, reflect on their experiences, and discuss ways to improve. Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 credit P/NP—No prerequisites
- Wednesdays 15:00-15:50 PM in WIL 147
- Undergraduate CRN 36972 (408); Graduate CRN 36973 (508)
- Instructor: Dr. Bryan Rebar
Improvisation for Science Communication (TA 452/552)
Do you struggle talking about your research in front of an audience? In this course STEM students will develop their science communication skills in fun and relaxed environment. Students will learn how to apply improvisational techniques from the world of acting to become more comfortable sharing their scientific scholarship or research with any group.
Theresa May, CRN 36489, TR 1400-1520, 202 VIL, 4 credits
Winter 2019 Courses
PHYS 399: Exploring Science Teaching Ecosystems
A new science teacher faces the twin challenges of classroom management and effective utilization of state-of-the-art pedagogical techniques to help all their students succeed. The overarching goal for this seminar is to help pre-service science teachers begin immediate construction of their classroom within a broader science education ecosystem. This includes identifying regional assets such as education service districts, area industry and higher education partners, and technological knowhow that support effective pedagogies and student research.
Seminar classes will be co-led by expert science teachers and other science educational resource specialists. Specific classroom projects will be highlighted, and the process of how to connect to necessary human and equipment resources emphasized.
- 1 credit P/NP—No prerequisites
- Tuesdays 5:00-5:50 PM in WIL 147
- CRN 27749 – PHYS 399
- Instructor: Dr. Dean Livelybrooks
CAS 409: Practicum Science Literacy Program Scholars
Gain hands on science teaching experience as an SLP undergraduate scholar.
- 2 credits
- Open to juniors and seniors in good standing
- Wednesdays 11-11:50
- CRN 21975
- More at scilit.uoregon.edu/undergraduate-scholars
Fall 2018 Courses
BI/CH/GEOL/PHYS 407/507 Seminar: Teaching Science
Students are invited to register for the Teaching Science Seminar in Fall 2018. Together we will read, discuss, and apply a variety of techniques from science education literature to improve science education. Students will be active participants in the exploration of Scientific Teaching. Using concepts and information introduced in class, students will develop and teach an activity to be used in an undergraduate science course. The course is open to undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in learning more formally about the theory and practice of college science teaching. Students may register for any of the connected graduate or undergraduate sections of the course. W 0900-1050, B040 PSC, 2 credits
In this course students will
- Explore ways in which Scientific Teaching principles can be used to enhance a student classroom experience.
- Understand how the three pillars of Scientific Teaching can be used in development of a classroom activity.
- Enjoy exploring science teaching from behind the scenes.
- Identify and implement the elements of backward design creating goals, objectives, assessment, activities for a teachable tidbit.
- Define evidence-based students-centered Scientific Teaching and describe how it can be implemented in a science classroom.
- Identify and apply inclusive teaching practices to create a classroom environment that supports learning for all students.
- Plan and facilitate a teachable tidbit including aligning goals, learning objectives, assessments, and activities using inclusive teaching practices.
Spring 2016 Courses
Public Programs Participatory Learning Experience (PLE)
UO undergraduates can earn upper-division credit and gain valuable work experience through the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Participatory Learning Experience (PLE) program. A select group of students will earn one (1) credit/term and will have in-depth exposure to Museum programs and the natural and cultural history of Oregon. Students are trained to interpret in the exhibit hall, guide tour groups, and assist in special events. Apply for Spring 2016 by March 22nd. See flyer below for additional details.
Winter 2016 Courses
PHYS 408/508 Wrk: Science Outreach
Science Outreach is a course for any science or math student interested in opportunities to explore and develop their communication abilities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to public audiences, especially K-12, in museums and after school settings using interactive hands-on and inquiry-based activities. The course will also introduce current theories about how people learn. Each week students will complete two hours of public outreach, reflect on their experiences, and discuss ways to improve. Questions? Email: email@example.com
Instructor: Dr. Bryan Rebar
CRN 25001/25014, T 1400-1450, UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History, 1 credit
BI/CH/GEOL/PHYS* 507 Seminar: Teaching Science
We will read, discuss, and apply a variety of techniques from science education literature to improve science education. Students will be active participants in the exploration of scientific teaching. Using concepts and information introduced in class, students will develop and teach an activity to be used in an undergraduate science course.
Instructors: Elly Vandegrift and Mark Carrier
R 1200-1320, 189 PLC, 2 credits.
*Register only once with the course prefix of your choice. This course can be used to satisfy the TEP Graduate Teaching Initiative Course on College Teaching requirement http://tep.uoregon.edu/services/grad_initiative/grad_teaching_initiative.html
For a full list of courses offered by the Science Literacy Program, please view their course listings here.
BI 510 Applied Science Communication
The ability to communicate your research in an effective and coherent way is critical to your success as a scientist. A profound scientific result is useless if it can’t be conveyed to a broader audience. Yet, many of us struggle with this essential, practical skill. Communicating well takes practice. In this class we will take an applied approach to communicating science—you will bring your research in the form of written work, graphics and slides and we will work together on improving it. We will practice the fundamentals of writing, speaking, and making graphics to convey your ideas to your audience in an interesting, accessible way; along the way you’ll be gaining a set of tools that you can apply in your academic career and beyond.
Instructor: Dr. Kelly Sutherland
CRN 26797, F 1000-1250, 9 PAC, 4 credits
Prereq: BI 212 and 213 and 214 or BI 283H.