Materials available: Active learning materials & #clicker workshops in sciences

by Stephanie Chasteen on January 13, 2013

Welcome to the new semester!  I am spreading the word about an extensive set of materials for research-based transformed courses in the sciences here at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  All materials are available to the public on a creative commons license. Please share widely (other bloggers and tweeps, help me out!)

These materials are all accessed from our extensive Faculty Resources page,

1.  Course materials archives.
Clicker questions, slides, activities, and more, for astronomy, chemistry, geosciences, integrative physiology, molecular and cellular biology, and physics.

2.  “Framing” materials for the first day (and beyond)
Using interactive teaching and want to help “frame” the course for your students, to increase buy-in?  See this set of practitioner materials, including clicker questions, slides, and activities, for introducing students to this type of learning (in collaboration with Andrew Boudreaux of WWU).

3.  Clicker and learning goal workshop materials for facilitators
Giving workshops for faculty on the use of clickers, or learning goals, in their courses?  We have systematically organized materials from our last five years of faculty development for effective use of peer instruction.  Browse our activities, clicker questions, and slides all geared towards helping faculty use clickers and peer instruction effectively.


The Science Education Initiative ( has supported course transformations in a wide variety of science departments at the university since 2007.  Our course transformation model hinges on three key questions:  What should students learn?  What are students learning?  Which instructional approaches improve student learning?  Thus, we have developed learning goals, clicker questions, group activities, homework, field work, and labs in a variety of disciplines:  Astronomy, Geosciences, Integrative Physiology, Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Physics (with materials coming soon in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology).  Materials from our sister program at the University of British Columbia are also accessible from these pages.

Here are the courses included in the course archive materials:

Astronomy and Astrophysics
• Astro 1010: Stars and Galaxies

Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Chem 1251: General Chemistry I (for majors)
• Chem 1271: General Chemistry II (for majors)
• Chem 1113/1133: General Chemistry (for nonmajors)

• Geology 1010: Introduction to Geology I
• Geology 1020: Introduction to Geology II
• Geology 1030: Introduction to Geology lab
• Geology 2100: Environmental Geology
• Geology 3010: Minerology
• Geology 3070: Introduction to Oceanography
• Geology 3120: Structural Geology
• Geology 3410: Paleobiology
• Geology 4500: Critical thinking, rates and dates in Earth

Integrative Physiology
• TA training
• IPHY 2800: Intro to Statistics
• IPHY 3060: Cell Physiology
• IPHY 3410: Anatomy
• IPHY 3470: Human Physiology I
• IPHY 3480: Human Physiology II
• IPHY 4440: Endocrinology
• IPHY 4600: Immunology
• IPHY 4720: Neurophysiology
• IPHY 5800: Graduate Statistics

• MCDB 1041: Fundamentals of Human Genetics
• MCDB 1150: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
• MCDB 2150: Principles of Genetics
• MCDB 3500: Molecular Biology
• MCDB 4300: Immunology
• MCDB 4650: Developmental Biology
• MCDB 4777: Molecular Neurobiology

• PHYS 2210: Classical Mechanics/ Math Methods
• PHYS 3220: Quantum I
• PHYS 2130: Modern Physics
• PHYS 3310: Electricity & Magnetism I
• PHYS 3320: Electricity & Magnetism II
• PHYS 3340/4430/5430: Advanced Lab

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drklassen July 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Thank you for this! And thank you for chatting with me at your poster last week at AAPT Summer 2013—I as asking about materials that I can disseminate as “adjunct training” and after looking around your Faculty Resources page, I see I’m going to have to find time to make an addendum to my standard Adjunct Orientation document.

Stephanie Chasteen July 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I’m glad that those materials are helpful to you, Dr. Klassen, let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Juraj Vasek October 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm


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