Overview and Contents

This Handbook is based on the Science Education Initiative (SEI), a transformative initiative aimed at changing STEM teaching practices in university settings. The SEI was successfully implemented in two institutions (University of Colorado Boulder and The University of British Columbia) over a period of 10 years. This Handbook shares the SEI’s accumulated wisdom of practice in how to implement a department-based initiative, focusing on faculty learning and course transformation facilitated by Discipline-Based Educational Specialists (DBESs). DBESs may be postdoctoral fellows, instructors, or other faculty. The Handbook is aimed at institutional leaders, faculty, and education specialists wishing to create or implement a department-level change initiative for broadening faculty use of effective teaching practices.


A print-on-demand version of the SEI Handbook is available for purchase via Amazon. This online version is available free for reading and download and the content (except for the images) is openly licensed (CC-BY-NC-SA).


Front matter

License | Foreword | About the Authors


Part I: The Initiative Leader’s Handbook

Part II: The Department Leader’s Handbook

Part III: The Discipline-Based Education Specialists’ Handbook

Appendix 1: Case Studies of SEI-like Initiatives

  1. Brown University’s AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative Project: Changing the Culture of Introductory Science
  2. Cornell University’s Active Learning Initiative
  3. Imperial College London’s Learning and Teaching Strategy
  4. The University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (UBC CWSEI)
  5. The University of Colorado Boulder’s Science Education Initiative (CU SEI)
  6. The University of Hawai‘i’s Geoscience Course Transformation Project
  7. The University of Kansas’s Course Transformation Initiative
  8. Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science (seven universities in the UK)
  9. The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology’s Disciplinary Learning Designers initiative

Appendix 2: Resources and References

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The Science Education Initiative Handbook Copyright © 2018 by Stephanie V. Chasteen (University of Colorado Boulder) and Warren J. Code (University of British Columbia) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.