The title of this publication,Discussions on University Science Teaching: Proceedings of the Western Conference on Science Education, was crowd-sourced during the raucous 2015 WCSE Banquet. Proceedings of the Conference will now be affectionately known as "Wixie Dust".
The long-anticipated Volume One is now available. We thank the authors and reviewers for their patient diligence as we all worked to ensure that this inaugural volume is informative and inspiring for readers.
We also acknowledge the generous support of Nelson Education as well as the faculties of Science at Western and Dalhousie Universities.
DUST Editorial Board
Current Issue: Volume 1, Issue 1 (2017) Proceedings of the 2015 Western Conference on Science Education
Excerpt from the Introduction
Although it has taken many months for the editorial team to create the infrastructure and move the articles through to final publication, this inaugural volume of Discussions on University Science Teaching (DUST) aptly captures the forward momentum of WCSE through the lens of the 2015 conference theme “Gather+Create+Improve”. WCSE DUST aims to offer a space where those interested in undergraduate science education can gather to share in the creation of ideas and information, with a view to improving undergraduate science education. It is my hope that DUST generates further discussions and builds on the energy that permeates the biennial Western Conference on Science Education.
Several scholars working in the field of science higher education have chosen to share in more detail their stories and research on gathering, creating, and improving science education in this opening volume of the Proceedings. This volume is divided into three sections: highlights from the Keynote presenters and the Ignite series of ideas for teaching; extended abstracts; and peer-reviewed articles built upon the presentations given at the conference.
The previous incarnations of the WCSE, and now the Proceedings, have been generously supported by Nelson Education. The Faculties of Science at Dalhousie and Western Universities have also enabled this publication.
We now all look forward to WCSE 2017, and on to the next volume of WCSE DUST, which will fall within the broad theme of “Embracing Change”.
Education for Innovation
Ignite WCSE: Sparking Interest and Kindling a Passion in Science Education
David I. Rodenhiser
Do Students Who Live in Residence Learning Communities Perform Better Academically than Those Who Live in Traditional Residence and Off-Campus?
Justine Hobbins, Mildred Eisenbach, Shoshanah Jacobs, and Kerry Ritchie
Engaging Student Stakeholders in Developing a Learning Outcomes Assessment Framework
Paisley Worthington, Alison Dewancker, Nicole LaRush, Dale Lackeyram, and John F. Dawson
Enhancing Two-stage Collaborative Exams by Incorporating Immediate Feedback
Teresa (Terry) R. McCurdy, Kim Volterman, Ralph Shiell, Melec Zeadin, Kevin Dunn, Jason De Melo, and Peter Helli
A Model to Incorporate Meaningful Community Engaged Learning Opportunities into Medium
Gillian Young, Jennifer McCorriston, and Kerry L. Ritchie
Inter- and Intra-Rater Consistency: Armies of Graduate TAs Grading in First Year
Michael Moore and Daniel F. Thomas
Effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning Prior to Lectures on Learning and Retention
David Lozinski, Alexander Poon, and Michelle Spano
From Nanometers to Kilometers and Beyond: Teaching Physical Properties Across Multiple Scales
Michael Moore and Daniel F. Thomas
Paired Teaching for Faculty Professional Development in Teaching
Jared Stang and Linda Strubbe
Quantitative Reasoning: Exploring Troublesome Thresholds
Anne-Marie Ryan and Susan E. Gass
Hijacking All The Courses: A Transdisciplinary Learning Experience for Undergraduate Students
Shoshanah Jacobs, Jessica Nelson, Brianna Driscoll, and Daniel Gillis
- Review Administrator
- Erica Siba, Dalhousie University
- Academic Editors
- Anne-Marie Ryan, Dalhousie University
- Susan Gass, Dalhousie University
- Rob Dean, Western University
- Sarah McLean, Western University
- Tom Haffie, Western University
- Copy Editor
- Jordana Garbati