Winter Quarter 2024

Ed Talks @CEILS: Learning Community Meetings

Join us as we explore the latest high quality STEM Education Research studies and how to implement effective and inclusive teaching. We welcome guest speakers from UCLA and other academic institutions to share their research and lead small group discussions with our teaching and learning community. Faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and anyone interested in STEM education research are welcome to participate.


January 23, 2024

The Effects of Collaborative Practice Testing on Memory for Course Content in Introductory Psychology 

Melissa Paquette-Smith, PHD, MA
Assistant Teaching Professor, UCLA Department of Psychology

January 30th

Leveraging Dynamic Social Norms to Motivate Conversations on Difficult Topics in the Classroom

Engaging students from dominant social groups on topics related to inequity can be a challenge for instructors. This talk will 1) summarize the literature on dynamic social norms, an approach that employs psychological principles of social influence to change attitudes and 2) present an argument for employing them in undergraduate teaching. Dynamic social norms have the potential to meaningfully shift classroom norms to foster tough conversations while minimizing psychological reactance and backlash. 

About the Presenter: Pete is a recent PhD graduate in social psychology from UCLA. His PhD research focused on approaches to motivate behavior and attitude change from within privileged social groups. He also has experience consulting with entertainment companies on gender equity, conducting people analytics with an aerospace company, and carrying out program evaluations in higher education contexts.

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Peter Fisher, PhD
PhD graduate, Social Psychology, UCLA

February 6, 2024

Metacognitive approaches to prepare incoming students for STEM majors: Impacts & Lessons Learned from a Physical Sciences Bridge Program 

Britney Robinson
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, UCLA Physical Sciences Division

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JoANN Roberts, PHD
Associate Director for JEDI in Teaching, CEILS