Thoughts on training elite students and educational equality

They continue previous discussions on undergraduate education. Rather than only focusing on theories and practices inside the class, I discuss institutional set-up and policy makeup in the following publications. Stay tuned.

Design and practice of educational impact assessment for future-ready graduates

[published in Chinese; an English submission in preparation]

Successful undergraduate education is the foundational task of modern colleges. To ...

First public talk about BIOS #iced18

Improving skill competence and research outcomes in China through BIOS, an authentic research experience

Justin Fendos, Liang Cai

In STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, a contemporary issue is the development of effective skill training. In China, the need for skill competence is accentuated by the fact that most published research is conducted by students. Applying principles from active learning ...

My recent thoughts and practice in undergraduate teaching

undergraduate teaching

Thoughts and practice using science communication in college stage to cultivate scientific innovations

accepted version

The educators over the world are practicing various approaches to facilitate students’ learning, to prepare these young people for jobs of the future. With the burst of massive web-accessible information, we shift our teaching focus to the usage of knowledge, especially on how to use ...

Notes from An Addiction to Education at All Levels

alberts note

by Bruce Alberts, 2016

active, inquiry-based science learning

engaging with budding scientists

I learned that one should always make students struggle with a problem that was solved by a scientific discovery, coming up with their own possible answers, before telling them the answer that science provides. Classroom research with ...

From The Synapse: Abandon the Lecture Room

Original post at

How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
… Walt Whitman 1865

Despite our current deep knowledge of how people learn, efforts to change up pedagogy have met with little success. Mostly, we continue to teach as we have taught for years

Each ...