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Discipline-Based Educational Research Seminar Series

DBER is a weekly Seminar Series that emphasizes discipline-based STEM education research. It is a forum for faculty, staff, researchers, and students interested in education research and course transformation to share their ideas and get feedback on their work.

DBER multi-disciplinary. These seminars bring together faculty and graduate students from roughly 45 different programs and departments across four schools/colleges. The average attendance is more than 20 people. In addition to being intellectually rich, these meetings also serve to create community among the many STEM education researchers on campus. All are welcome to attend.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings take place every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 PM in Gamow Tower Commons Room, 11th Floor (map. A calendar of presentations is available on our Events page.

For questions about DBER, to suggest a speaker, or to inquire about presenting yourself, please contact Jenny Knight @ Jennifer.knight@colorado.edu.

To join the DBER e-mail list, send a plain text e-mail message from the e-mail address you'd like to add to listproc@colorado.edu with the following text in the BODY of the email: subscribe dber [FIRSTNAME] [LASTNAME]


Spring 2014 DBER Schedule

DBER has taken an assessment theme this semester, including participation and presentations from CU-Boulder faculty who specialize in various elements of the assessment process. As we evaluate each other’s work, we might consider: What are the goals of lesson, course, or curriculum? What has this study identified as its goals for learning and why are these important? Are the assessment or evaluative tools used adequate to the task? What is being measured and how accurate is the measurement?


Organizational Meeting
Mike KlymkowskyMCDB
  Challenges and rewards of collaborating on course design: CLUE and Biofundamentals
Mike Grant
  Critical Thinking
Laura Border
  TIGER-CIRTL update
Margaret Asrivatham
  Timed Practice Exams in Organic Chemistry to Promote Self-assessment and Self-regulation of Learning
Valerie Otero, Laurie Langdon, Ben Van Dusen School of Ed, Chemistry, School of Ed
  International Learning Assistant Alliance Resources: Research Agendas, Implementation Materials, and Sustaining/Scaling User Website AND Center for STEM Learning
1. Janet Tsai
2. Ed Johnsen
  1. Chancellor’s Award
2. Physics MOOC
Stephanie Chasteen
  SEI report
Patrick Shipman Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University
  Small-Scale Sustainable Mathematics and Science
Mike Eisenberg Computer Science
  Moving from Cognitive Science to Anthropology in Educational Design
1. Andrew Martin
2. Sarah Wise
  1. Estimating gains for difficult to measure learning goals
2. Chancellor’s Award; Can a metacognitively-oriented exam review impact subsequent student performance?
Victoria Hand
  Narrowing participation gaps in secondary mathematics classrooms
Joel Corbo and Daniel Reinholz
  CSL-AAU initiative
Charles Henderson


Improving Undergraduate STEM Instruction: Using Complexity Leadership Theory to Plan for Emergent Change
1. Rebecca Ciancanelli
2. Anne Gold
  1. POGIL, Chancellor’s Award
2. Chancellor’s Award

Archive of Past DBER Seminars