Using Research in STEM Education to Improve Teaching and Learning: A Conference for Community College Faculty

Friday, April 3, 2015
9 am – 6 pm
Center for Community
University of Colorado Boulder

The Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to host a one-day conference for STEM faculty and staff at Colorado two-year colleges.

This event is designed to foster partnerships among faculty and researchers across Colorado's institutions of higher education.


The event will feature:

  • Workshops introducing research-based STEM education pedagogies and assessment methods tailored to the two-year college setting, including:

• Helping students learn through questions (Clickers and Peer Instruction)

• Using PhET interactive simulations effectively for active learning

• Motivating students to prepare outside of class

• Using undergraduate learning assistants to facilitate classroom learning (The LA Program model).

  • Talks and a panel discussion focusing on STEM research in higher education, STEM research experiences for two-year college students, and how to get student 'buy in' to active learning. Presenters will include STEM education researchers and faculty from CU Boulder and Colorado's two-year colleges

  • Opportunities to network with other two-year college faculty and staff, faculty at CU and others engaged in science education research.

  • More!


Complimentary Continental breakfast, lunch and an end-of-day reception are also included in the day’s activities. A detailed schedule will be posted here soon.

Research on innovation in teaching has shown that there is greater success in implementing and sustaining changes in pedagogy when such efforts are taken up and shared by a group that can serve as a resource for practical advice and support beyond workshop participation. For this reason, we are asking that groups of at least three faculty, staff, and/or administrators per two-year college attend together. If this is not possible in your situation, please contact the conference organizers, or

Registration is required, and is limited to 30 participants. Click here to REGISTER!

The conference will take place at the Center for Community (Flatirons Room and Room S350). Click here for a map, showing the conference location.

Parking is available at various lots near the Center for Community. Directions and parking information can be found here.