Major Initiatives and Projects

Skylight identifies, plans, leads, and evaluates a wide range of science teaching and learning projects and initiatives with science faculty and partners across campus.

Student Diversity Initiative at Science

SDI @ Science is a multi-year initiative created to address issues in student diversity, equity, and inclusion in UBC Science. Skylight and the Equity & Inclusion Office partnered to bring this initiative to Science, which will be guided by an Educational Strategist and supported by various committees and working groups. We encourage Science faculty to contact us to learn about leadership and participation opportunities.

Paired Teaching: Teaching Startup

Paired teaching is an efficient and effective model for introducing faculty to evidence-based pedagogy through collaborative teaching. Teaching Startup is UBC Science's strategy for implementing the paired teaching model. As part of the startup package, the Dean’s Office splits the cost of additional paired teaching credits with departments.

Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative

Since 2007, the CWSEI at UBC has supported departments in their efforts to provide an unrivalled education for undergraduate students. To advance this goal, the Initiative funds embedded teaching and learning fellows at the unit level. The CWSEI has achieved system-wide, evidence-based science education by applying the latest advances in pedagogical research, and developed a significant knowledge base of resources and research. The model is being adopted at institutions across North America.

Questions for Biology

This large initiative brings together faculty members from Botany, Zoology and Microbiology and Immunology, UBC Science teaching and learning fellows, graduate students and Skylight expertise. Q4B designs and validates concept inventories on challenging biology concepts, enabling instructors to use inventories to assess areas of student misconceptions (as pre/post tests) and as diagnostic tests. The teams makes the inventories available to colleagues at UBC and other institutions through publications.

Science Writing Resources for Learning

ScWRL brings together students, faculty, educational strategists, science writers, writing centre professionals and tutors to provide students and instructors the resources they need to develop important skills associated with good science writing. Since the onset of the project in 2012, it has focused on developing freely available resources to address the skills that students find especially difficult to master, based on student feedback and rigorous assessment of scientific written work.

Master of Data Science Evaluation

Skylight is working with UBC's Master of Data Science program to evaluate the newly launched professional program. A mid-program survey will collect information on student satisfaction with the MDS Program as well as student perceptions of their learning and learning experiences. The timing of the survey allowed the instructional team to make adjustments for the remainder of the program. An end-of-program evaluation survey is currently being developed.

Introductory Statistics Flexible Learning Project

Introductory statistics is taught across UBC and the difficulties students encounter are common across campus. This project brings together experienced statistics instructors from Science, Arts, and Population and Public Health to develop, adapt and use instructional resources that address conceptually challenging topics in introductory statistics. The resources are open, adaptable, consistent in look and feel, and grounded in existing research on learning and statistics.