STEM Education Research

Borrego, M. & Henderson, C. (2014). Increasing the use of evidence-based teaching in STEM higher education: A comparison of eight change strategies. Journal of Engineering Education, 103(2), 220-252. DOI 10.1002/jee.20040

Active Learning

Allen, D., & Tanner, K. (2005). Infusing active learning into the large-enrollment biology class: seven strategies, from the simple to complex. Cell Biology Education, 4(4), 262-268. DOI 10.1187/cbe.05-08-0113

Deslauriers, L., Schelew, E., & Wieman, C. (2011). Improved learning in a large-enrollment physics class. Science, 332(6031), 862-864. DOI 10.1126/science.1201783

Freeman, S., Eddy, S., McDonough, M., Smith, M., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(23), 8410-8415. DOI 10.1073/pnas.1319030111

Kolb, A., & Kolb, D. (2005). Learning styles and learning spaces: Enhancing experiential learning in higher education. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 4(2), 193-212.

Peer Learning

Crouch, C. & Mazur, E. (2001). Peer Instruction: ten years of experience and results. American Journal of Physics, 69(9), 970-977. DOI 10.1119/1.1374248

Miller, K., Schell, J., Ho, A., Lukoff, B. & Mazur, E. (2015). Response switching and self-efficacy in peer instruction classrooms. Physics Education Research, 11(1), 010104-1(8). DOI 10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.010104

Nicol, D., Thomson, A., Breslin, C. (2014). Rethinking feedback practices in higher education: a peer review perspective. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 39(1), 102-122.

Problem Based Learning

Flynn, A. & Biggs, R. (2012) The development and implementation of a problem-based learning format in a fourth-year undergraduate synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry course. Journal of Chemical Education, 89(1), 52-57. DOI 10.1021/ed101041n

Project Based Learning

Robinson, J. (2013) Project-based learning: improving student engagement and performance in the laboratory. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405(1), 7-13. DOI 10.1007/s00216-012-6473-x

Blended Learning

Bernard, R., Borokhovski, E., Schmid, R., Tamim, R., Abrami, P. (2014). A meta-analysis of blended learning and technology use in higher education from the general to the applied. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 26(1), 87-122. DOI 10.1007/s12528-013-9077-3

Bishop, J. & Verleger, M. (2013). The flipped classroom: A survey of the research. 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (June).

Creativity in STEM

DeHaan, R. (2009). Teaching creativity and inventive problem solving in science. CBE - Life Sciences Education, 8(3), 172-181. DOI 10.1187/cbe.08-12-0081

Mayo, M. (2007). Games for science and engineering education. Communications of the ACM, 50(7), 31-35.

Changing Motivation from Extrinsic to Intrinsic

Keller, J. (2016). Motivation, learning, and technology: Applying the ARCS-V motivation model. Participatory Educational Research, 3(2), 1-13. DOI 10.17275/per

Ryan, R. , & Deci, E. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American Psychologist, 55(1), 68-78. DOI 10.1037/0003-066X.55.1.68

Metacognitive Strategies (Learning to Learn)

Cook, E., Kennedy, E., & McGuire, S. (2013). Effect of teaching metacognitive strategies on performance in general chemistry courses. Journal of Chemical Education, 90(8), 961-967. DOI 10.1021/ed300686h

Online Learning


Gasevic, D., Kovanovic, V., Joksimovic, S. & Siemens, G. (2014). Where is research on massive open online courses headed? A data analysis of the MOOC research initiative. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(5), 134-176.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Nikoi, S., & Armellini, A. (2012). The OER mix in higher education: purpose, process, product, and policy. Distance Education, 33(2), 165-184.

Resource: University of Alberta Libraries OER Resource

Resource: University of Alberta Open Education Week


Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Garcia-martinez, J., & Serrano-Torregrosa, E. (2015). Chemistry education: Best practices, opportunities and trends. Retrieved from

Mazur, E. (1997). Peer Instruction: A user’s manual. Retrieved from


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