Sara Harris

Professor of Teaching

EOS-South 353
(604) 822-9651
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Research Interests: Science education, climate science education.

Free online course (MOOC) "Climate Change: The Science" on edX. Self-paced, on demand. Sign up here.  Facebook page here.

"Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice", 2nd Edition by Sarah Burch and Sara Harris, 2021.  University of Toronto Press. Available here:

Science education publications:

Ram, Ilana, Sara Harris, and Ido Roll. “Choice-Based Personalization in MOOCs: Impact on Activity and Perceived Value.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN EDUCATION (April 10, 2023).

Jungic, Veselin, David Creelman, Ann Bigelow, Etienne Côté, Sara Harris, Steve Joordens, Peter Ostafichuk, Jessica Riddell, Pamela Toulouse, Jin-Sun Yoon, “Experiencing Failure in the Classroom and Across the University”. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT (2020). DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2020.1712209.

Scribner, Emily D., and Sara E. Harris, “The Mineralogy Concept Inventory: a statistically validated assessment to measure learning gains in undergraduate mineralogy courses”. JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION (2019). DOI: 10.1080/10899995.2019.1662929

Libarkin, Julie, Anne U. Gold, Sara E. Harris, and Karen S McNeal, “A new, valid measure of climate change understanding: Associations with risk perception”. CLIMATIC CHANGE, (2018). DOI: 10.1007/s10584-018-2279-y

Holland, Tara, Sarah B. Sherman, and Sara E Harris, “Paired Teaching: a Professional Development Model for Adopting Evidence-Based Practices”. COLLEGE TEACHING, (2018). DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2018.1463505

Aksit, Osman, Karen S. McNeal, Anne U. Gold, Julie C. Libarkin, and Sara Harris. “The influence of instruction, prior knowledge, and values on climate change risk perception among undergraduates”. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN SCIENCE TEACHING. 55 (2018):550-572. DOI: 10.1002/tea.21430

 Harris, Sara E. and Anne U. Gold. “Learning molecular behaviour may improve student explanatory models of the greenhouse effect”. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH. (2017) DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2017.1280448

Lane, Erin S., and Sara E. Harris. “A New Tool for Measuring Student Behavioral Engagement in Large University Classes”. JOURNAL OF COLLEGE SCIENCE TEACHING. 44.6 (2015): 83-91.

Burch, Sarah, and Sara E. Harris. “A Massive Open Online Course on climate change: The social construction of a global problem using new tools for connectedness”. WIREs CLIMATE CHANGE. 5 (2014): 577-585. doi: 10.1002/wcc.300.

Jolley, Alison, Francis Jones, and Sara Harris.  “Measuring student knowledge of landscapes and their formation timespans”.  JOURNAL OF GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION.  61 (2013): 240-251.

Jones, Francis, and Sara Harris. “Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Multiple Instructors to Teach Single Courses” COLLEGE TEACHING.  60 (2012): 132-139.

Deslauriers, Louis, Sara Harris, Erin Lane, and Carl Wieman, “Transforming the lowest performing students; an intervention that worked”. JOURNAL OF COLLEGE SCIENCE TEACHING. 41.6 (2012): 76-84.

Associate Dean Academic, 2017-2022, Faculty of Science, UBC
Professor of Teaching, 2015-present. Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC
Senior Instructor, 2010-2015. Earth and Ocean Sciences, UBC
Instructor I, 2005-2010. Earth and Ocean Sciences, UBC  
Oceanography faculty/Chief Scientist, 1998-2005. Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA (
Ph.D., Geological Oceanography, 1998. College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR