Shanna Shaked

University of California-Los Angeles

Shanna Shaked is a leader at UCLA in the use of evidence-based teaching techniques, serving as the Senior Associate Director of their Center for Education, Innovation and Learning in the Sciences, and as the co-founder and director of their undergraduate learning assistant (LA) program. She has also pioneered a range of interdisciplinary teaching collaborations with faculty across the UCLA Physical and Life Sciences. After earning her B.S. and B.A. in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics from the University of Arizona, she received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Ithaca College.  Her research experience ranges across astrophysics, biophysics, environmental physics, pollutant modeling, sustainability, and ultimately physics education research.

At UCLA, Dr. Shaked has initiated a range of evidence-based teaching techniques, such as an interdisciplinary undergraduate Learning Assistant program to promote active learning and inclusivity in large lecture courses. She has extensive experience with the following classroom technologies and activities: clickers with peer instruction, pre-lecture assignments and interactive videos, collaborative workshop discussions, weekly quizzes, real world application group projects, online discussion forums, collaborative office hours, and mid-quarter student feedback. Dr. Shaked also regularly implements pre- and post-tests and surveys to assess the effectiveness of such educational interventions.

Dr. Shaked is an HHMI/National Academies Summer Institute Fellow and a regular participant in national physics conferences, such as AAPT and Learning Assistant Alliance conference. The overall focus of Dr. Shaked’s efforts in CEILS is to identify and address the educational needs and interests of Physical Science faculty, and in so doing, support the academic success of all UCLA students.

Building on her training and experience in teaching middle and high school science, Dr. Shaked has worked with other faculty and in her own courses to mentor UCLA undergraduates to present science to more than 2,000 K-12 and community college students and at multiple outreach events per year. She has also aided faculty in successfully designing broader impact components for NSF grants, integrating faculty research into effective outreach activities.

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Essay (1)

Proposal success, participant response, and student outcomes inform our center programs and expansion part of Network of STEM Education Centers:Workshops:Workshop 2016: STEM Center Toolkit Workshop:Essays
Shanna Shaked, UCLA Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences The UCLA Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) evaluates its services in a variety of ways, ranging ...

Other Contributions (4)

UCLA Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences part of Network of STEM Education Centers:Workshops:Working Meeting 2018:Pre-Work
Shanna Shaked, UCLA Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences UCLA CEILS Communication Strategies (Acrobat (PDF) 42kB May15 18)

Developing and implementing institution data dashboards to drive course transformation part of Network of STEM Education Centers:Program Descriptions
We are working with institutional research folks, deans and other interested faculty to develop and implement institutional data dashboards that can be used to foster conversations and interventions to improve teaching.

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) part of Network of STEM Education Centers:Center Profiles
To improve student learning and increase persistence in STEM by focusing on faculty development of pedagogical knowledge and its application in the classroom.

Transforming STEM gateway courses: or How we learned to stop worrying about just one approach and love the different pathways part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Transforming Institutions Conference:Program:Oral Presentations:Session I
One of the main goals of UCLA's Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences is to broaden student success in STEM. Working with institutional research folks, we identified the persistence ...