Journal club

Each month, a facilitator chooses a paper for an informal discussion. The paper is posted ( links in schedule below) along with a handful of focusing questions, and selects a date/time for the one-hour online discussion. We recently switched to Skype to host our online meetings (which we call "the Zoo").  If you can attend, email the host with your Skype handle. Before the  meeting, read the paper, and consider your responses to the focussing questions (and the article in general) provided by the host. If you are unable to attend the online meeting, post your comments on the questions and paper on the page for the month (if possible, individuals who attended the meeting will respond to your comments/questions based on the discussion at the meeting).  

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 Facilitator      Topic(s)  Paper
Date & Time TBA
July 2017
Sanja Hinic-FrlogStudent "buy-in" to active learning Cavanagh et al., 2017. Student Buy-in to Active LEarning in a College Science Course. CBE Life Science Educ. 15(4): ar76. doi:  10.1187/cbe.16-07-0212
Aug. 22, 2017
Dennis Kolosov Flipped classroom: improvements and oCUBE community reflectionsImprovements from a Flipped Classroom May Simply Be the Fruits of Active Learning. (2015). Jensen et al. CBE, 14:1-12.
Article link:
Doodle poll:
If you have signed up for the journal club using the doodle poll, please email Dennis (kolosovd at with your Skype email/handle by Friday Aug, 18th.
Sep. 2017  Jennifer Waugh Quantitative skills modules in introductory biologyHoffman, K., Leupen, S., Dowell, K. Kephart, K., and J. Leips. 2016. Development and assessment of modules to integrate quantitative skills in introductory biology courses. CBE-Life Sciences Education 15: 1-12. doi: 10.1187/cbe.15-09-0126.
The journal club will take place on September 18, 19 or 22 - please use this doodle poll link to select your preferences and once we have the preferred date and time, we will send an update:
Oct. 27 2017, 11-12 Tanya Noel Intuitive reasoning, evolution, antibiotic resistance Richard, M., Coley, J. D., & Tanner, K. D. (2017). Investigating undergraduate students’ use of intuitive reasoning and evolutionary knowledge in explanations of antibiotic resistance. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 16(3), ar55.
The journal club will be held on Friday, October 27 at 11AM. Want to join? Let Tanya (tnoel at know your Skype handle!
Nov. 2017 Jessica Hill Self-efficacy as a driver for performance gains in active learning
Ballen et al. 2017. Enhancing Diversity in Undergraduate Science: Self-efficacy Drives Performance Gains with Active Learning. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 16(4), ar56. (doi: 10.1187/cbe.16-12-0344). 
The journal club date and time has been set for November 24 at 1PM! Please send your skype handle to Jessica Hill (jessica.hill at
Jan. 2018 Marissa Dahari A module for teaching how science works. Price, RMPerez, KE. Many Paths Toward Discovery: A Module for Teaching How Science Works. Journal of College Science Teaching; 47(3): 78-87. When you have signed up for the journal club using the doodle poll, please send your Skype email/handle to mdahari at
Feb. 2018 Lovaye Kajiura Student learning outcomes from medical innovations course.

Ludwig, P.M.,  Nagel, J. K.,  and Lewis, E. J.  2017. Student learning outcomes from a pilot medical innovations course with nursing, engineering, and biology undergraduate students. International Journal of STEM Education 4: 33 , 1-14. The journal club will be held on Wed Feb 21 from 12pm - 1pm. To setup for this, please send Lovaye ( your Skype handle. You may be sent a Skype request, which you will have to accept before you can be included in the group call. 
Mar. 2018 Elspeth Smith Course based undergraduate research experience.
March Journal Club will be hosted by Elspeth Smith. We will be discussing a paper about a course based undergraduate research experience. 

Please go to the following doodle poll: to register for your preferred time. 
Apr. 2018 Joe Boivin Active learning instruction in the classroom.  April Journal Club will be hosted by Joe Boivin. We will be discussing a paper about active learning instruction in the classroom.  

Article: Auerbach, A.J., Higgins, M., Brickman, P., and Andrews, T.C. 2018. Teacher Knowledge for Active-Learning Instruction: Expert-Novice Comparison Reveals Differences. CBE Life Sci. 17: 1-14.

Please choose which day and time would suit you best to attend journal club out of the choices offered in the following doodle poll:

Suggested Article Sources (Got a journal to recommend? Let us know!)

CBE Life Sciences
Journal of College Science Teaching
Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

Theory into Practice 

Science (education column)
Nature (education column)
Evolution Education and Outreach
Advances in Physiology Education
Journal of STEM Education
Frontiers in Ecology (education column, "Pathways to Scientific Teaching")
Physics Education Research
Research in Science Education
Journal of Personality & Social Psychology
Psychological Science in the Public Interest
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Computers and Education
The American Biology Teacher
BMC Medical Education
Nurse Education Today
Journal of Further and Higher Education
Journal of Chemical Education
Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 

You might also find the articled listed on the CWSEI Resources page engaging.