Codon Learning

Dr. Jennifer Knight, University of Colorado Boulder and Chief Academic Officer of Codon Learning.

Dr. Knight’s research has focused on developing concept assessments for student learning in biology, studying the impact of in-class work on student learning, and developing and measuring the impact of curricular changes and teacher training on both students and faculty. She is a founding member and current president of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)


Dr. Michelle Smith, Cornell University, and pedagogical advisor to Codon Learning.

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on three research questions: 1) What are the origins of student conceptual difficulties in biology and how can instructors support students in overcoming these difficulties? 2) What aspects of peer discussion make it an effective learning tool? 3) What factors influence instructors’ decisions about teaching. Dr. Smith is also the Editor-in-Chief of CourseSource, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes teaching resources that have been developed with evidence-based pedagogical techniques.


Dr. MargUerite (Peggy) Brickman, University of Georgia, and pedagogical advisor to Codon Learning.

Dr. Brickman’s research foci have included measuring scientific literacy and motivation to learn science in students in general education courses. She utilizes psychometric, quantitative, and some qualitative methodologies to conduct her research, and she is often called upon to review research in the areas of curriculum evaluation and instrument development.