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Science Teaching Forum

Building our teaching community

  • Are you looking for ideas to help you invigorate your teaching and your students’ classroom experience?
  • Do you want to know more about how your colleagues teach but haven’t had a chance to catch up with them?
  • Have you tried something new in your classroom and want to discuss it? Want to see or share data relating to a pedagogical idea or issue?

The Science Teaching Forum (STF) has been created to help our Faculty community discuss these types of teaching and learning issues. Forums are held in the fall and winter semesters.

These forums are open to everyone in the Faculty of Science including faculty members, graduate students and staff. A speaker presents an issue, activity or idea relevant to teaching and learning, which is followed by a discussion or activity that allows for a broader exploration of the ideas and issues presented. Our goal is to have a balance of both hearing about the experiences of others and sharing your own ideas. This exchange is meant to facilitate communication about teaching and learning in the Faculty of Science.

Let us know what you'd like to see at future sessions. Contact Mark Bauer with your ideas.

Upcoming events

Future STF events can be found on the TLSE SharePoint

Past forums


  • Building bridges- Sharing strategies for teaching science communications: Brianne Burkinshaw, Amanda Musgrove & Jared Stang
  • Training TAs for Undergraduate Physics Labs: Stephen Lane
  • Rethinking our programs together, a collaborative approach to curriculum review: Ariane Cantin, Mindi Summer, Elizabeth Polvi and Brianne Burkinshaw
  • Tales from the Trenches: Experiences from Two Decades of Post-Secondary Teaching: Ben Stephenson


  • Teaching Statistical Analysis Software in Introductory Statistics Courses: Claudia Mahler
  • The tool maker's paradigm: Reframing how we understand teaching and learning by changing the way we talk about it: Glenn Dolphin
  • Some do's and don'ts of writing examinations: Ted Bisztriczky
  • Flipped Engineering Calculus: Mark Bauer
  • Framework for Computational Teaching- Patrick Walls (UNC- Math)
  • Reimagining Reflective Activities in your Teaching: Éowyn Campbell, Brian Gilbert, Nicole Sandblom 
  • Finding the CURE: Scaling course-based research experiences appropriately for different course settings: Ariane Cantin


  • Embedding international experiences - going places without leaving your classroom: Heather Clitheroe, Laura Harris, Colleen Packer, Hua Shen, Mindi Summers, & Jana Vamosi 
  • Refocusing students from memorization and forgetting: a scaffolded assessment strategy: Jessica Theodor
  • Teaching Effectiveness- One person's perspective: Dave Pattison
  • Streamlining your Multiple Choice Assessments with AMPS: Amanda Musgrove & Ian Hunt
  • Supporting our Return to the New Normal: Mental Health Awareness for Instructors and Students: Ashley Causton, Mandy McCaughley (Student Wellness) & Michele Moon (Staff Wellness)
  • Experiential Learning as an Educator: Forty-Something Years of Learning from Mistakes: Michael Hynes


  • Advancing Creativity in PSEC STEM Contexts: Jen Adams, Jen Cuthbertson & Mindy Summers
  • Enhancing Student Learning Using Scaffolded Worksheets: Sean Stotyn
  • Metacognition: Erin Sullivan
  • Exploring Synergies between UCalgary's EL Plan and Science Teaching & Learning: Kyla Flanagan & Lisa Stowe
  • Engaging zoology students in undergraduate research and community-based experiential learning: Mindi Summers
  • Five Steps to Improving Classroom Effectiveness: Jo-Anne Brown
  • Using Blue Sky Thinking to engage students in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs): CUREs team (Ariane Cantin, Kyla Flanagan, Kara Loy & Mindi Summers)


  • Online Interactive Feedback: Annie Quinney
  • Online Inclusivity: Jennifer Cuthbertson
  • Ways of Teaching Online: Corey Flynn
  • Online Discussion Boards to Facilitate Peer Assessment Online: Jerrod Smith
  • Online Teamwork: Anna Harlick & Chris Culley

Fall 2019

  • Challenges and Rewards of Group Projects- Dr. Kristine Bauer, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary
  • Your teaching matters, make it matter more! -  Dr. Heather Dillon
  • Not all flips are the same: Using an OER and international partners for active learning - Dr. Brett McCollum
  • Program SAGES: Promoting collaborative teaching development through graduate student/faculty partnerships - Dr. Isabelle Barrette-Ng, Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary View details

Fall 2018

  • Our Pilot Project Experiences: Adapting Open Access Educational Resources as a Textbook in a First Year Class - Dr. Vivian Mozol(Senior Instructor), Dr. Amanda Musgrove (Instructor), Dr. Nicole Sandblom (Senior Instructor), Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary
  •  Shuffling Course Components to Increase Student Engagement for Students and Faculty - Dr. Jason Donev, Senior Instructor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary 

Winter 2018

  • Implementing Self-Evaluation in Teaching Problem Solving Techniques - Dr. Anna Harlick, Instructor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary 
  • Out Standing in the Field': A Signature Pedagogy for all Sciences? - Dr. Rajeev Nair, Senior Instructor, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary
  • Gatekeeping for Mathematics Students: Trial by Real Analysis - Dr. Ryan Hamilton, Instructor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Calgary