Data-Enabled Pedagogies and Technology for Teaching and Learning Critical-Thinking and Decision Making Skills

TitleData-Enabled Pedagogies and Technology for Teaching and Learning Critical-Thinking and Decision Making Skills
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2017
Project Summary

Critical-thinking, decision-making, and processing skills (CTDMP skills) are essential in STEM fields; however, few courses offer opportunities for students to practice these skills and receive feedback. We have developed a pedagogical method and a prototype online tool, code-named "Alchemy", that addresses this gap. A pilot study was enthusiastically-received by students and demonstrated strong potential for teaching/learning gains.

We propose to further develop and evaluate the Alchemy concept through (1) enhancement of the online tool for greater versatility and capability in teaching/learning; (2) new pedagogical content development; and (3) new learning analytics capabilities to support data-enabled pedagogies that guide teaching/learning through metrics of class and individual student performance and attitudes.

Each objective will produce pedagogical and technological outputs for dissemination at UBC, and will benefit students through improved CTDMP skills, enhanced appreciation for the complexity of real-world problems, improved discipline-specific skills, and transferable problem-solving skills for future employment. This project will not only enhance undergraduate education at UBC, but also add to the science of teaching/learning.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2017/2018
Year 1: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorWalter Algar
Year 1: Funded Amount104,032
Year 1: Team Members

(Walter) Russ Algar, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Jane Maxwell, Science Teaching and Learning Fellow, Chemistry, Faculty of Science / Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative
Noureddine Elouazizi, Strategist, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Skylight, Faculty of Science
Jaclyn Stewart, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 2: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorWalter Algar
Year 2: Funded Amount122,354
Year 2: Team Members

(Walter) Russ Algar, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Jaclyn Stewart, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Tanya Tan, Teaching and Learning Fellow, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Noureddine Elouazizi, Strategist, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Skylight, Faculty of Science

Year 2: TLEF ShowcaseYear 2: TLEF Showcase
Year 3: Project YearYear 3
Year 3: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 3: Project TypeLarge TLEF
Year 3: Principal InvestigatorWalter Algar
Year 3: Funded Amount27,048
Year 3: Team Members

(Walter) Russ Algar, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Jaclyn Stewart, Senior Instructor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science
Tanya Tan, Teaching and Learning Fellow, Chemistry, Faculty of Science