Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences


The Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) creates a collaborative community of instructors committed to advancing teaching excellence, assessment, diversity, and scholarship, resulting in the enhancement of student learning experiences in the Life and Physical Sciences at UCLA.


CEILS serves as a clearinghouse for the education tools and assessment resources instructors need to engage in effective, validated teaching practices that promote student learning, create inclusive classrooms, and retain highly-qualified students in Life and Physical Sciences majors. CEILS fosters the professional development and training of faculty who wish to incorporate evidence-based teaching approaches into their courses. Working with partners in the UCLA Center for Education Assessment in the Office of Instructional Development OID, and the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), CEILS also assists with the design and conduct of assessments needed to develop successful grant proposals that will fund curricular innovations. In addition, CEILS members contributes to the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) by publishing and disseminating results from education projects about student learning related to pedagogical shifts. As a campus venue that supports changes to the life and physical sciences curriculum inspired by faculty or initiated by departments and interdisciplinary programs, CEILS plays a prominent role in transforming institutional attitudes about the merits of scholarly scientific teaching. [Read more >>]