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ERIC Number: EJ847067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Biology 100: A Task-Centered, Peer-Interactive Redesign
Francom, Greg; Bybee, David; Wolfersberger, Mark; Merrill, M. David
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v53 n3 p35-42 May 2009
Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii) has students from over 70 countries attending classes. One of BYU-Hawaii's current aims is to increase the effectiveness of course instruction and help students take more responsibility for their own learning as they look to increase distance education offerings to students in different countries. "Biology 100" was one of the first classes to be changed to help meet this aim. "Biology 100" is a survey course that gives freshman-level students an introduction to the field of biology. Traditionally this course "skimmed" a wide breadth of topics, a common type of general education course taught in universities today. Many university courses center instruction on topics rather than tasks without requiring students to apply the information they learn to new situations. Thus, Dr. M. David Merrill, advisor to the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Outreach at BYU-Hawaii, recommended a combination of instructional strategies including task-centered instruction, effective peer-interaction, and online delivery as the best approach to help BYU-Hawaii meet its aims. In this article, the authors discuss the process in redesigning "Biology 100". (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii