klymkowsky and nobel laureate at dber related eventDBER is a monthly 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.

Time of day and Location:

For the Spring, 2020 semester, DBER will be held from 3:30-5:00 pm in Porter Bio 121.

(see schedule, below, for dates)


For questions about DBER, to suggest a speaker, or to inquire about presenting yourself, please contact Mike Klymkowsky at: michael.klymkowsky@colorado.edu, or Valerie Otero at: valerie.otero@colorado.edu.


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2020 Spring DBER Schedule:

Jan 13 Beth Myers, Ken Anderson (Office of Undergraduate Education)
Predictive Analytics to Enhance Student Success


Feb 17 Ed Nuhfer (Geoscience)

Measures of science literacy in Universities & their relevance to learning, reasoning & metacognitive self-assessment.


If you would like to try the SLCI (Science Literacy Concept Inventory) yourself, from the perspective of a student, please submit your answers here. After submitting your answers, you will eventually receive your results and a related feedback letter so that you can better see the whole picture.

If you'd like to run the survey in your own course:
Contact enuhfer@earthlink.net.
"Just tell me the number of links you need. I return the site URLs to the instructor; they pass the appropriate link to their student in each class. All the feedback letters are sent by me to each student that voluntarily submits an email. Instructors don't need to take time with that. The process is semi-automated so it's not hard on my time either. When instructors want their results, they will contact me for a data pull. They get an Excel sheet with all of the students raw data, an item response section that shows all of the distracters students "bit" on, the students calculated scores and self-assessment ratings and a little histogram that shows the class averages on each of the 12 concepts and the overall score."


Another related paper

Mar 2 Michelle Smith (Cornell University)
Surveying the Landscape: Student Experiences in Introductory STEM Courses Abstract
Mar 9 Melanie Peffer (MCDB/ICS)
Quantifying students' epistemological beliefs about
science using computer-based inquiry: a multi-pronged
approach to a multi-faceted construct 
Mar 16 Sabina Schill, Dana Holland Zahner 
(Meeting Cancelled per univ policy)
Students’ subjective experiences of STEM grades as a
factor in STEM Undergraduate Degree Persistence:
Findings from Talking About Leaving Revisited and their
implications for future research
Apr 6 Melissa A Nigro (ATOC)
(Please check your email for a Zoom Link for this meeting, or email Mike K)
Using Project-Based Learning to Achieve Skill-Based Learning Goals in an Introductory-Level Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Course Abstract
Apr 20 Ruth Heisler, June Gruber, Nicole Jobin and Eric Vance (ASSETT)
Innovation Incubator Teams

The College of Arts and Sciences and ASSETT are sponsoring an initiative to promote active, engaging, and experiential learning through the use of technology. The Innovation Incubator is funding four multi-year projects that involve students, faculty, and staff across the divisions of Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

This session will include an overview of the four projects, as well as recruitment of faculty participants to test the new technologies in the Spring 2020 semester. Check out the four project descriptions here: innovation-incubator.

May 18 Mike Klymkowski (CU MCDB) & Stacey Lowery Bretz (MIAMIOH Chem)

We are back! Please, join us for the third Webinar of the series organized by the ACS Chemistry Education Research (CER) Committee that will feature a conversation and discussion between professors Stacey Lowery Bretz (CER) and Michael Klymkowsky (BER) on Concept Inventories. 

This re-scheduled Webinar will take place on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 3 PM (US Pacific Time). 

Additional information can be found following this link https://chemicalthinking.xyz/images/W051920

Anyone interested can join via Zoom at: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/268043431.

Please, share this information with anyone that may be interested.




Archive of Past DBER Seminars