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NSTA/SCST National Conference

March 30 – April 2, 2017

Los Angeles, CA



Our members come from all science disciplines and work to improve college science teaching via interdisciplinary interactions

Forward Thinking

Our local and regional con­fer­ences and workshops provide insight into the most current educational research and best teaching practices

Identity Building

We provide a profession-wide iden­tity for teach­ers of col­lege science and work to promote our collective self-interests

Societally Oriented

We work to promote a soci­etal and cul­tural aware­ness of the sig­nif­i­cance of sci­ence to the mod­ern world

Our Story

The Soci­ety for Col­lege Sci­ence Teach­ers is the only inter­dis­ci­pli­nary affil­i­ate of NSTA that is ded­icated solely to the study and advance­ment of col­lege sci­ence teaching. We are a ded­i­cated com­mu­nity of col­lege and uni­ver­sity teach­ing schol­ars work­ing to enhance sci­ence edu­ca­tion through devel­op­ment and test­ing of best class­room teach­ing practices.


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Creating the Most Effective Final Exam Review Sheet, If You Must

Tim Slater, University of Wyoming, “What is going to be on the final exam?” That’s the most common question I get from students this time of year and, frankly, it makes me want to pull my hair out! You see, I’ve spent all term meticulously outlining...
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Remember to Explain WHY You Assign Homework

Tim Slater, University of Wyoming, Do you ever hesitate giving your students homework? By middle of the term, my students too often groan in agony when I distribute their next homework assignment.  Despite their protests, I am convinced homework...
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Checklist to Help You Avoid These Common PPT Mistakes

Tim Slater, University of Wyoming, A lecture supported by a computer-driven and projected PowerPoint presentation of bullet points is the dominant form of instruction across most college and university classrooms.  Unquestionably, there are...
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Get Better Student Buy-In Using a ‘Negotiated Syllabus’

Tim Slater, University of Wyoming, Many faculty dread spending time on the first day of class going over the syllabus.  That’s OK, because students usually hate hearing professors read the syllabus to them too!  But, what if the first day...
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Higher Level Exam Questions That Are Still Quick to Grade

Tim Slater, University of Wyoming, Multiple-choice exams are often the least preferable of exam formats, because it can be really challenging to uncover exactly what students now understand and what they still struggle with.   At the same...
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The Secret to Improving Your Future Course Evaluations Now

Tim Slater, University of Wyoming, The end-of-the-term student course evaluations of faculty are soon to be upon us.  Some of us worry and fret over them, wondering how scores will impact our performance evaluations. Others of us look forward to...
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