ERI February Seminar Speaker: Alison Flynn

Alison FlynnThe Education Research Initiative team is thrilled to introduce our next speaker in the ERI seminar series, Alison Flynn, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Her work includes developing online learning tools as Open Education Resources to support student learning, including OrgChem101 and a Growth & Goals Module. Her research group examines student learning in organic chemistry and the impacts of the Growth & Goals module. In all her work, she is committed to helping students succeed in their chosen careers and goals. Her talk, “Studies on student learning in an organic chemistry curriculum designed to deepen understanding of reactivity and chemistry principles,” will be held on Thursday, February 18 from 1-2 p.m. on Zoom.

If you are interested in attending this talk, please RSVP here to receive the meeting Zoom link. If you are interested in a meeting with Professor Flynn, please reach out to for availability.

Join the ERI “In Progress” Talk on February 26

Fernando RodriguezThis month we are inviting ERI mini-grant recipient, Fernando Rodriguez, assistant professor of teaching in UCI School of Education, and his team to discuss their project, “Understanding and Improving Student’s Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News, Sensational Headlines and Seductive Information.” Fernando’s team will share progress, discuss plans for assessment and look for feedback from the UCI community as they continue their work. This discussion will take place from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, February 26 on Zoom.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here for the Zoom link.

Recent ERI Accomplishments


  • ERI Co-Director Natascha Buswell, assistant professor of teaching, mechanical and aerospace engineering, publishes in Studies in Engineering Education. Find her paper, “The Purpose of a Ph.D. in Engineering: Where Does Teaching Fit in” here.
  • ERI Mini-grant recipients Qian Du, assistant professor of teaching, Academic English, and Sei Lee, lecturer and coordinator for international student excellence programs, publish in Applied Linguistics. Find their paper, “Quantifying Native Speakerism in Second Language (L2) Writing: A Study of Student Evaluations of Teaching” here.
  • ERI Director Brian Sato, professor of teaching, molecular biology and biochemistry, publishes in CBE-Life Sciences Education. Find his paper, “Comparison of Cluster Analysis Methodologies for Characterization of Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS) Data” here.

We look forward to continuing our collaborative work and engaging with researchers across the campus. If you have a project that you feel could leverage the expertise of our team of postdocs, please feel free to reach out to

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