The next STEM Teaching Essentials workshop will be:
Developing Models in an Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology Course: Using D2L to Support Group Work, Assessment, and Feedback in a Large Enrollment Course presented by Jon Stoltzfus, BioSci Program Director, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Terri McElhinny, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Director, Integrative Biology. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:15 and the workshop will start at 11:30.
Please register here.
Abstract: As part of curriculum transformation, we developed and implemented modeling activities to align teaching practice with course objectives and support student success on free response exam questions in BS161, an introductory cell and molecular biology course with enrollments of 250 students per section. We leverage D2L features to facilitate group work during class and provide students with feedback on their models. D2L’s grouping, dropbox, and rubric features simplify the logistical challenges inherent with collecting and evaluating work from hundreds of students. These features allow informal groups that are formed at the start of a class meeting to work cooperatively during class and upload their final product- text and/or drawings- to D2L at the end of class. Following class, members of the instructional team can evaluate the group’s work, assign a grade, and provide the group with feedback. Each member of the student group has access to the group’s work and the feedback thro
ugh D2L. We find this use of D2L provides an efficient method for managing group work with large numbers of students and we will present several variations of how we use this system to support student modeling in BS161.
Sponsored by Colleges of Natural Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, and Lyman Briggs College