Science Teaching Journal Club

The Science Teaching Journal Club is a partnership of the Science Literacy Program and the Teaching Engagement Program. Each week we read, discuss, and consider how to implement ideas from an article or book that explores issues relevant to teaching and learning in college science classrooms. We invite participants from all ranks and disciplines to join us for these sessions, which we use to model evidence-based teaching practices.

Thursdays at 9 a.m.
In person: LISB 217 OR

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Spring 2024 Journal Club Readings

Join the journal club this term as we explore a wide range of topics, including how to respond productively to students’ incorrect answers, a Teaching Showcase from Dr. Sabrina Mostoufi in which she will talk about her Data Science 101 course, evidence-based practices to promote academic integrity, and the new iClicker Cloud audience response system being piloted on campus. We will spend the latter half of the term discussing ways to incorporate AI into education and testing out some of the tools. 

Tentative Schedule:

Week Reading
Week One (4/4)

Wan, T., Doty, C. M., Geraets, A. A., Saitta, E. K., & Chini, J. J. (2023). Responding to incorrect ideas: science graduate teaching assistants’ operationalization of error framing and undergraduate students’ perception. International Journal of STEM Education, 10(1), 5.

Week Two (4/11)

Chowrira, S. G., Smith, K. M., Dubois, P. J., & Roll, I. (2019). DIY productive failure: boosting performance in a large undergraduate biology course. npj Science of Learning, 4(1), 1.

Week Three (4/18)

Teaching Showcase: Sabrina Mostoufi talks about Data Science 101: Foundations of Data Science.

Week Four (4/25)

Chapter 6, It’s in the Pedagogy: Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Academic Integrity. From Rettinger, David A., and Tricia Bertram Gallant. Cheating Academic Integrity: Lessons from 30 Years of Research. First edition. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint, 2022. Print. Available as an Ebook through the UO Library.

Week Five (5/2)

This week we will explore iClicker Cloud

Read UO's supporting information about iClicker Cloud

View the following videos

You might also want to explore iClicker's support resources.

Please follow the directions on the Getting Started with iClicker Cloud page to create an account for yourself and download the desktop and student apps. Play around with the software, and please bring your devices to our meeting.

Week Six (5/9)

Erduran, S. (2023). AI is transforming how science is done. Science education must reflect this change. Science, 382(6677), eadm9788.

Week Seven (5/16)

This week we'll explore Microsoft Copilot for Enterprise, which UO faculty and students have access to.

Read the Getting Started with Microsoft Copilot for Enterprise page, then access your account and do some playing.

  • How might you use Copilot to offload repetitive or onerous tasks related to teaching so you can focus more on engaging with your students? Can it write an email for you? Write a quiz?
  • Give Copilot some questions from a recent quiz or homework assignment. How does it do?
  • What are ways that students might use it to enhance their learning?
Week Eight (5/23)

Prompting generative AI systems to more efficiently get useful results.

Week Nine (5/30)

AI video generation

  • Pataranutaporn, P., Leong, J., Danry, V., Lawson, A. P., Maes, P., & Sra, M. (2022, October). AI-generated virtual instructors based on liked or admired people can improve motivation and foster positive emotions for learning. In 2022 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (pp. 1-9). IEEE.
  • Alexander, B. (2024, March 5). What Sora might mean for higher education. Bryan’s Substack. March 6, 2024, 
  • Scalice, N. (2024, January 8). Create your AI clone with HeyGen - a step-by-step guide. YouTube.   
Week Ten (6/6)

Heaven, W. D. (2023, December 19). These six questions will dictate the future of generative AI. MIT Technology Review. Retrieved March 6, 2024, from