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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 Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 PM in MCDB A120. 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 Seth Hornstein (firstname.lastname@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 2014DBER 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?


Bethany Wilcox (Physics)
  Free-response vs. Multiple-choice: Conceptual assessment in upper-division physics
Bill Penuel (School of Education)
  Developing Assessments for Next Generation Science Standards: Key Conclusions and Recommendations
Valerie Otero (School of Education)
  Challenges of Building the Physics and Everyday Thinking Curriculum
Mike Klymkowsky (MCDB), Jeremy Rentsch (MCDB), and Melanie Cooper (MSU)
  Transforming Biofundamentals from Website to Book+
Angela Baber (Colorado Legacy Foundation) 
  Advancing STEM Education in Colorado; the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap
Matthew Hora (Wisconsin Center for Education Research)
  Insights into Course Planning, Classroom Teaching, and Student Experiences in STEM courses
Andrea Stith (Biofrontiers Institute) 
  Assessments of Interdisciplinary Learning: Foundations of Quantitative Biology
Karen Paulson (National Center for Heigher Education Management Systems)
Stephanie Chasteen (PhET and Physics)
  Framing Approaches: How Instructors Generate Student Buy-in to Active Learning Strategies
Jenny Knight & Sarah Wise (MCDB)
  Understanding Student Clicker Discussions
Kate Goodman (ATLAS)
  Examining Flow Visualization as Visual Expertise and a Class Culture
Ben Van Dusen (School of Education)
  Blurring the Boundary Between Physics Problem Solving and Students' Peer Cultural Practices
Derek Briggs (School of Education)
  Challenges in the Assessment of Growth in K-12 Education and Possible Implications for the DBER Community
Jim Fairweather (MSU)


Mark Werner (OIT), Caroline Sinkinson (LIB), and Diane Sieber (Engineering)
  Embracing Disruption: A Balanced Approach to Evaluating Educational Technologies

Archive of Past DBER Seminars