Skylight identifies, plans, leads, and evaluates a wide range of science teaching and learning projects and initiatives with science faculty and partners across campus.
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.
Canvas is the new core of UBC's learning technology environment (LTE). Skylight's LT team developed a transition plan for UBC Science courses that are currently in Connect. The plan was informed by input from our stakeholders, including faculty, department heads, the Science Dean's Office, department internal IT and LT support teams, UBC IT, and CTLT leadership.
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.
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.
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.
The LTR initiative is a campus-wide project that provides funds and resources to hire and train a team of UBC co-op students from a variety of academic backgrounds to provide in-person, onsite, online and just-in-time support to instructors using learning technologies.
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 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.