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Faculty of Science Teaching Network

We often hear from instructors in FSc that they have questions about certain areas of teaching and learning, but they do not know who to turn to.

This page lists colleagues in the Faculty of Science at York, and the topics they are interested in chatting over coffee virtually, or in-person (when the time comes). It also provides links to resources offered through the Teaching Commons, other York University offices, and other academic sources.

Topic Details Resources Individuals

Student group project or longer-term group work

Student guide to groupwork (York U Learning Commons)

Teaching Strategies: Introduction to Groups and Teams

Technology Enriched Teaching

Using technology to maximize learning

Teaching with Technology

SmART: The Smartphone Accommodation Resource Toolkit (York)

Two-stage tests

Students are asked to complete a test individually and then work in a group to answer a set of questions

Two-stage exam

Two-stage exam teaching guide [PDF]

Writing better assessment questions

Multiple choice questions, open book tests

Is this a trick question? A short guide to writing effective test questions [PDF]

Writing effective test questions

Open Book Exam Toolkit [PDF] (York)

The Teaching Commons also offers consultations and services to support teaching and learning. Please feel to reach out to Katharina Pabst at

The Libraries have a wealth of resources, facilities and services available to York’s faculty members: check out Faculty/Instructor Support.

If you have any questions, please contact me Ashley Nahornick at, or Dr. Tamara Kelly at