Technologies Enhancing Student Learning Summit
A UCLA Campus Conversation sponsored by the Online Teaching and Learning Initiative
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:30a - 4:30p
Young Research Library Conference Room

UCLA faculty are rethinking courses based on the ways students learn best and environments that foster that learning. Divisional initiatives are exploring those issues; departments are looking at their curricula; faculty are working with campus support groups to modify their own classes. The Online Teaching and Learning Initiative invites you to participate in a conversation on the intersections between technology and pedagogy. Presenters will describe many innovative ways to use digital tools to improve student learning and the successes and challenges associated with them. Campus partners in supporting innovative teaching and learning will be present to answer questions about their initiatives and collect faculty input.

Campus partners: University Library, Undergraduate Council, Office of Instructional Development, Office of Information Technology, Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS), Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC), Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI), UCLA Residential Life, Classroom Advisory Committee

Questions? Please contact
SABER West 2018
January 13-14, 2018
UC Irvine
Photo: UCLA participants and presenters at SABER West 2017

UCLA has been well represented at the SABER West conference in past years, and we plan to have a large representation this year as well - please join us! The goals of SABER West are to disseminate exciting STEM education research and to foster collaborations and connections with local colleagues. There will also be significant professional development opportunities related to conducting education research and implementing evidence-based teaching practices. This is a great opportunity to support several of your UCLA colleagues who are presenting this year!

Plenary talks will be given by Dr. Carl Wieman of Stanford University and Dr. Richard Arum of the University of California, Irvine.

Early Registration is now open! Register today!

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Please email CEILS Media & Communication at if you are interested in attending or will be presenting at this conf erence so we can coordinate group transportation. Some resources are available to partially support attendees who present posters or talks and agree to carpool. So let us know if you’re planning to attend by completing this form:

2017-2018 Instructional Improvement Grant Program, UCLA Office of Instructional Development
View more information on the IIP Grant Website .

The Instructional Improvement Grant Program supports curricular experimentation and development and instructional improvement of undergraduate offerings. Projects may be initiated by faculty, departments, or larger units. Proposals should address the specific needs of an undergraduate course or curriculum and explicate an appropriate and cost-effective response to a clearly defined pedagogical problem.

Also new this year are two initiatives aimed at spreading and sharing teaching improvements more broadly across campus:
  • Faculty Improving Teaching (FIT) Communities. These faculty communities of practice will be an opportunity for all grantees to receive ongoing feedback and support from fellow IIP-supported faculty members and OID consultants.
  • IIP Grantee Reporting. Every grantee will be expected to present their project in some venue (which could be quite informal). An additional reporting requirement is to provide a list of other instructors or courses which might benefit from similar teaching approaches.
All proposals must be submitted no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017 .
CEILS Journal Club
CEILS Journal Club for STEM Education Research | Learning Community Meetings 

Fridays every Quarter from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Location:  1100 TSLB 
About Journal Club: Participants explore relevant education literature in more depth and develop greater understanding of assessment techniques and data analysis methods. Presenters may select a paper and lead a discussion about how education researchers have documented the relationship between effective teaching practices and their impact on student learning, knowledge retention, and persistence in STEM majors. Alternatively, presenters describe classroom innovations and evidence-based instructional strategies they are trying in their own courses, soliciting feedback from participants while sharing their expertise in a variety of areas supporting instruction and assessment in STEM classrooms. Faculty, graduate students, and postdocs are welcome to participate!
 Fall 2017 Schedule:
  • November 10 | No Journal Club (University Holiday)
  • November 17 | Mahtash Esfandiari, Senior Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Statistics, will share the results of a study she conducted on using in-person versus virtual office hours when teaching statistics.
  • November 24 | No Journal Club (University Holiday)
  • December 1 | Peter Nonacs, Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, will present findings and facilitate a discussion on the following paper: Chapin, KJ, P. Nonacs and LD Hayes (2017) Evaluating an Open-Exam Approach to Engaging Students in Evolutionary Paradoxes: Cheating to Learn. The American Biology Teacher 79(2):144-148.
  • December 8 | Gaston Pfluegl, CEILS Instructional Consultant and Academic Administrator in the Life Sciences Core, will discuss how to make interactive videos and embed them in CCLE using HTML5 (see for more information).
View the STEM Education Research Journal Club event page for more details.

Resource: A favorite listserv for STEM education news: Subscribe  to STEM|PROF
Why Flipped Learning is Still Going Strong 10 Years Later | EdSurge

The secret to making it all work, they say, has nothing to do with eliminating direct instruction from class. Rather, it lies in the true flexibility that the flipped-classroom provides.
Designing Welcoming Classrooms | Chronicle of Higher Education

When instructors consider the diversity of learners when designing courses, all students benefit.
STEM Majors, Art Thinkers - Issues of Duality, Rigor and Inclusion | Journal of STEM Education

According to a recent study of students who actively participate in dance curricula while pursing STEM degrees, pairing a Think+Do model in STEM with a Performance+Presentation in the arts bolstered students' problem-solving skills.
An Analysis of College Teaching Practices | Springer

More than just active learning and lecturing, college teaching has five patterns, a new study finds: Comprehensive, Traditional Lecture, Active Lecture, Integrative Discussion, and Active Only.
Revamping the Chemistry Curriculum | Inside Higher Ed

Emory’s chemistry department is on its way to a new curriculum. Previously, students took two semesters of general chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry as the basis for their major. Now, as part of a sweeping curriculum reform, those classes have been replaced with what the department hopes will be a more interdisciplinary and holistic approach.
The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive

The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is proud to debut the The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive series, an original online collaboration between Cornell University and the University at Buffalo featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women in undergraduate STEM education at different scales as informed through the lens of higher education trends, institutional practices, learning spaces and introductory undergraduate courses in STEM.

Innovation in Higher Education
October 11, 2017 | 9-10:30a PST
Discussion recording can be viewed here .

Perspectives on Institutional Change
November 8, 2017 | 9-10:30a PST

Learning Spaces
January 10, 2018 | 9-10:30a PST

If you are interested, please register to attend the upcoming sessions at the series website:
National Events & Conferences
2017 California STEAM Symposium
Dec 10-11, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The 2017 California STEAM Symposium (formerly the STEM Symposium) convenes nearly 3,000 educators from across California for ongoing rigorous, collaborative, and inspiring professional learning and resources to support high-quality science, technology, engineering, art, and math instruction for all students.
10th Understanding Interventions Conference
March 2-4, 2018
Lord Baltimore Hotel, MD

Call for abstracts! (Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017)

Proposals are welcome for presentation on research projects and best practices highlighting all pathways to STEM careers. One page submissions can be submitted in the following formats: workshop, symposium, deeper dive, or poster.

The Understanding Interventions Conference was established to facilitate dissemination and exchange of hypothesis-based research on interventions and initiatives that broaden participation in science and engineering research careers. The conference is designed to create a dialogue among behavioral/social science and education researchers, evaluators, and faculty in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields who participate in intervention programs.
Postdoctoral Scholars & Graduate Students
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CIRTL @ UCLA - Fall 2017 Programming

Graduate Students and Post Docs: CIRTL Fall Programming is here! For detailed information about CIRTL at UCLA, visit: If you have any questions, please contact our program coordinator Dr. Rachel Kennison at
To access and enroll in these courses, workshops and events, please create a log-in and register on the  CIRTL Commons .

Online Events and Workshops:

November 9 and 16 | 5-6:30p PT - Introduction to STEM Project Based Learning

UCLA Postdocs Longitudinal Investment in Faculty Training (UPLIFT)

The UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in the STEM fields. UPLIFT combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching and mentoring undergraduate STEM students, through workshops, courses, and a faculty mentored mentored teaching practicum at our partner institution California State University Los Angeles 

For more program information, and how to apply for an UPLIFT fellowship, please visit the CEILS website at the following link:
Featured Job Opportunities


Postdoctoral Opportunities (Various Fields)
Vanderbilt University
► For more information and how to apply, see the current listings here .

Call for Applicants - Biology Education PhD
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
► Learn more and how to apply here .

Postdoctoral Scholar Position (Quantitative Biology and Biology Laboratory Curriculum Development, Assessment, Implementation and Dissemination)
University of California, Davis - Center for Neuroscience

Graduate Student Opportunities in Biology Education Research
University of New Hampshire Graduate School
[Apply by November 15, 2017 for full consideration]
► Learn more and how to apply here .

Director, Center for Learning Education, and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR)
Oberlin College and Conservatory

Assistant Director of Biological Sciences
National Science Foundation
[Please apply by November 10, 2017]
► Learn more and how to apply here .

Director - Center for STEM Education and Outreach
James Madison University

Associate Dean for Integration of Teaching and Learning
James Madison University

Faculty-Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Biology
Utah Valley University

(Two) Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of DBER Position
College of Sciences and Mathematics, Auburn University


Assistant/Associate Professor (Lecturer), Physics and Astronomy
University of Utah

Assistant Professor, Discipline Based Education Research
Auburn University
[Application Review begins December 1, 2017]

Head (with Faculty Rank), Department of Biology Teaching and Learning (BTL)
University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences
[Application Deadline: November 15, 2017]

Research Educator (Assistant Clinical Professor), Engineering Biosensors
First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE), University of Maryland

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Undergraduate STEM Education Research
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
►Learn more and how to apply here .

Brown-HHMI STEM Postdoctoral Research Associate
BioMed Faculty Affairs: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry (MCB)
Brown University, Rhode Island
►Learn more and how to apply here .

Assistant/Associate Director for Teaching, Learning, and Inclusion
Tufts University, Massachusetts
►Learn more and how to apply here .

Assistant/Associate Director for STEM and Professional Schools
Tufts University, Massachusetts
►Learn more and how to apply here .

Postdoctoral Researcher in Science Education
Science Education Research Group at Florida State University
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

(Three) Postdoctoral STEM Education Research Associate Positions
STEM Education Research at Michigan State University
► Learn more about the position and how to apply here .

Contract/Grant Professor (Open Rank) of Science Education
Western Michigan University
► Visit to apply; Posting Number: 0604095
Connect with UCLA's Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences

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