DBER Seminars

klymkowsky and nobel laureate at dber related eventDBER 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 is 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.


For the Fall 2016 semester, DBER will be held on Thursdays from 3-4 pm in Porter Bio B121.


For questions about DBER, to suggest a speaker, or to inquire about presenting yourself, please contact Valerie Otero @ Valerie.Otero@Colorado.edu.


To receive notifications of DBER events and emails from the DBER community, you can:

Self-Subscribe online

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Request subscription via email by sending an email to: csl@colorado.edu


2016 Fall DBER Schedule:

Aug 29 Kickoff Meeting: Formats and community matters
Sep 8 Henry Suarez, (School of Education)
"Student Voice in Physics Whole-Group Discussions"  
Sep 15 Discussion facilitated by: Andy Martin, (EBIO)
"A conversation about faculty assessment: quantifying a multi-dimensional phenotype"  
Sep 21 Discussion facilitated by Mike Klymkowsky, (MCDB)
Conversation about teaching a disciplinary course to students outside that discipline.  
Sep 29 Elaine Seymore, (Ethnography and Evaluation Research)
"Close up and personal follow-up from STEM Symposium—Talking About Leaving Revisited"
View a pdf of Elaine's presentation
Oct 6 Sarah Banchefsky, (Psychology and Neuroscience)
#iLookLikeAnEngineer: "Improving Student Outcomes by Reducing STEM Stereotypes"  
Oct 13 DBER as a working group
"Crafting a statement about student evaluation of teaching"  
Oct 20 Dea Greenhoot, (Psychology, University of Kansas)
"Team-Designed Improvement of Writing and Critical Thinking in Large Undergraduate Courses"  
Oct 27 Mike Klymkowsky, (MCDB)
"Defining Scientific Literacy: what does it mean exactly, and how to assess it"  
Nov 3 Jessica Alzen, (School of Education)
"The Effect of the Learning Assistant Program on Graduation Rates at CU"  
Nov 10 Lisa Corwin, (EBIO)
"Connecting Lab Course Design to Outcomes: Project Ownership and Intent to Persist in STEM"  
Nov 17 Andrew Martin, (EBIO)
"The evolution of interaction in an active learning classroom"  
Nov 24 No DBER: Thanksgiving!
Dec 1 Open
Dec 8 Open
Dec 15 No DBER: End of Term


Archive of Past DBER Seminars