How people learn with peer instruction (SDSU edition)

On April 8, I have the pleasure of talking about how (you can help) people learn (using peer instruction) at San Diego State University. I’m really excited to present in their ultra-cool Learning Research Studio.

My thanks to Shannon Frame and Terri Nessmith from i>clicker and SDSU’s Instructional Technology Services for the opportunity.

Here are some resources from the presentation:

Our Spring 2014 Weekly Workshops

Every week this spring quarter, we invite you to a hands-on, interactive workshop on topics in teaching and learning in higher education. Grad students, postdocs, faculty and staff are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch – we’ll supply refreshments and treats.


  • How People Learn: The ideas in this workshop re-appear over and over in the other workshops so if you’re interested in our workshop, we recommend coming to this one, too.
  • Course Design: If you’ll have an opportunity to design a course, you might be interested in the 3-workshop mini-series Learning Outcomes, Alternatives to Lecture, and Assessment that Supports Learning.
  • Peer Instruction with Clickers: If you’re using peer instruction with clickers (or thinking about it), check out Clickers 1 and Clickers 2.

Here’s a flyer (PDF) to post where your friends and colleagues will see it.

Please register for these workshops here.

Why the University of California Needs to Lead a Redefinition of “Science Education” Seminar


Bruce Alberts is a prominent biologist who served as a two-terms president of the National Academy of Sciences and an Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine. He has been a tireless advocate for a reform in undergraduate science education. The current predominant model of teaching science, he argues, excessively focuses on the transfer of knowledge and facts, which is but one of the important goals of science education. Other important, but often neglected aspects of science education, specifically the ability to generate and evaluate scientific evidence, solve complex problems using scientific approach, and effectively communicate science, need to become a more central part of the way we teach science. On behalf of the Division of Biological Sciences, the CTD would like to invite you to attend what promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking seminar by Bruce Alberts: “Why the University of California Needs to Lead a Redefinition of ‘Science Education’”. This seminar will take place on Wednesday, March 26, at 12:30 PM, in Liebow Auditorium (2100), Basic Science Building (BSB). Light refreshments will be served at 12:15PM.

This seminar is part of the new Division of Biological Sciences Seminar Program “The Science of Teaching: evidence-based approaches in biology education”. The full seminar program for this Spring can be viewed at: