Design Based Implementation Research

New Online Summer Course: Open Education Resources in Science Education

January 17, 2017

Bill Penuel and Katie Van Horne will be offering a graduate level online course through the University of Colorado Boulder from June 5-July 7, 2017 that features Open Education Resources for science teaching. Featured will be resources aligned to the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

The online course will be mostly synchronous and will meet virtually on Mondays 8-11A MT, Friday 8-10A MT.

  • Link the science you teach to students’ everyday lives and experiences
  • Focus on science ideas in greater depth*Give students more responsibility for planning and carrying out investigations
  • Integrate science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts of science into teaching and assessment
  • Improve science achievement in their classes

Course Description

The course will introduce teachers to high-quality, research-based resources that are freely available on the Internet. In addition, teachers will gain practice with using tools to plan instruction anchored in science phenomena and engineering design challenges and with tools to assess three-dimensional science learning. At the conclusion of the course, teachers will have a strong grasp of the vision of the research-based Framework for K-12 Science Education, knowledge of curricular resources available for engaging students in meaningful science learning, and experience with essential tools for adapting resources to their local context. The course may be especially beneficial for teachers implementing new standards such as the Next Generation Science Standards who are seeking materials aligned to those standards.


Bill Penuel is a professor of learning sciences and human development in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Bill conducts research and leads professional development across the country in science education. His expertise is in the areas of science curriculum and assessment. Much of his current work focuses on supporting implementation of the vision of science teaching and learning of the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Katie Van Horne is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. Katie works closely with teachers to collaboratively design new curriculum materials aligned with the Framework. She has also led professional development in curriculum and classroom assessment.

Register for class #16753 at CU Boulder

Course Costs

For 3 credits

In-state: $1,806

Out of state: ~$3,000