New research network to study, improve STEM teaching and learning

August 9, 2013

A network of North American universities is collaborating on research to improve undergraduate teaching and learning, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The Bay View Alliance (BVA) of 7 universities used seed funding from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to produce a preliminary report on the research that should be done. The report reveals that although there has been much research done on pedagogy in the sciences, the knowledge “hasn’t been making its way into classrooms and curricula,” says Lorne Whitehead, UBC physics professor and principal investigator of the BVA project. “We’re studying what leaders at every level, including those among faculty, can do to help fix that.”The next phase of the project has been planned and will be supported by an $800,000, 4-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Canadian members of the alliance are UBC, Queen’s and uSask. HEQCO Website