Online Opportunities for Faculty to Learn More About Clickers, Writing Goals for Learning, Assessing Course Learning and More

Welcome to a new dimension of FTEP opportunities for faculty to learn online at this page from a variety of PDFs and faculty self-learning resource guides. The resource guides include a wide variety of items, such as learning goals, writing multiple choice test items, tips for the first day of class, keeping students engaged, and more.

Science Education Initiative (SEI) Clicker Resources
The Science Education Initiative has created a set of resources about effective use of personal response systems ("clickers") - most notably a set of high quality videos giving an inside look at clickers being used in the classroom and teacher and student opinions about them.


Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Geological Studies
Integrative Physiology
Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology

Assessment and Course Alignment

Assessments That Support Student Learning
2-page summary of key points and factors from the review paper “Conditions Under Which Assessment Supports Student Learning,” including CWSEI suggestions on implementing good assessment and feedback without spending excessive time marking.

How to Prepare Better Multiple-Choice Test Items: Guidelines for University Faculty
An excellent guide for the creation of good multiple choice test questions, including discussion about when and how multiple choice tests are best used and avoiding common flaws. (Brigham Young University Testing Center)

Rubric for Evaluating Student Presentations
Rubric for peer evaluation of students' "News Reports" presentations in EOSC 310, prepared by Sara Harris in Earth and Ocean Sciences with input from many others.

Course Alignment
A 2-pager on promoting course alignment by developing a suite of questions targeting a learning goal that can be used in different settings to measure student learning. Prepared by Françoise Bentley and Teresa Foley, Integrative Physiology Dept., University of Colorado-Boulder.

WSU Critical and Integrative Thinking Rubric
An excellent guide developed at Washington State University for rating critical and integrative thinking.

Student Engagement Techniques

Basic instructor habits to keep students engaged
A 2-pager by Carl Wieman with tips on keeping students engaged in the classroom, particularly in large lecture theatres

What all instructors should know
prepared by UBC CWSEI

What All Instructors Should Know About Learning
Carl Wieman's UBC talk on March 19th, 2008.

First Day of Class
Recommendations for Instructors on establishing the course environment and student buy-in early in the Term in courses using interactive techniques. (updated July 2009)

Group Work in Educational Settings
A short description of different approaches to student group work and their benefits, requirements, and implementation logistics, prepared by CU-SEI and UBC-CWSEI staff & associates.

Teaching Expert Thinking
A guide for using invention activities to develop expert thinking (prepared by Wendy Adams and Carl Wieman, CU-SEI and UBC-CWSEI, and Dan Schwartz, Stanford School of Education).


Classroom Response System ("Clickers") Bibliography (Vanderbilt Center for Teaching)
A very extensive bibliography on clicker use and research (with links to digitally available papers).

Thought Questions: A New Approach to Using Clickers
A 2-pager on a different way to use clickers: the question is open-ended and the voting is on whether the students agree or disagree with other students’ answer and rationale. Prepared by Teresa Foley and Pei-San Tsai, Integrative Physiology Dept., University of Colorado-Boulder.

Learning Goals

Learning Goals/Objectives Examples
Good examples of learning goals: developed by departments involved in the Science Education Initiatives at UBC and the University of Colorado.

Factors to Help Students Succeed

Considering the Student Perspective: Factors that Undergraduates Perceive as Influential to their Academic Performance in Science
A 2-page summary based on research conducted by Ashely Welsh for her Master's Thesis (includes recommendations for faculty)

Study Skills Development: How to Get the Most Out of Studying - Video series
by Professor Stephen L. Chew, a cognitive psychologist at Samford University
This is a very good resource for undergraduate students and instructors that discusses common misconceptions about learning and how to study effectively. This is a series of 5 videos, each about 7 minutes.

Study Skills Development: Improving Classroom Performance by Challenging Student Misconceptions About Learning
by Professor Stephen L. Chew, a cognitive psychologist at Samford University, Association for Psychological Science April 2010 (V. 23, No. 4, item 14)
A nice short article that discusses many of the points made in his video series How to Get the Most Out of Studying (above).

More On Clickers

Clicker Videos

The Instructors Guide to Effective Use of Personal Response Systems

A resource website on clicker use

These resources were created by the Science Education Initiative at the University of Colorado ( and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia (

Office of Information Technology (OIT)

For for information on CU Clickers please visit the OIT CUClickers website:

CU Clickers

Department of Physics Clickers Website
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Physics Clickers Resources


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