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Eslinger, Melissa; Kent, Elizabeth – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Emphasizing scientific literacy in the core science curriculum promotes informed students within a liberal arts education. In our Introduction to Biology course, which enrolls predominantly humanities majors in their final science course of their academic careers, we designed a project to advance these analytical processes through the deliberate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Science Curriculum, Introductory Courses
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Dyer, Jamie O.; Elsenpeter, Ryan L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2018
Numerous studies have examined the use of active learning methods in undergraduate courses, suggesting that these methods increase learning and retention as well as student engagement. In order to investigate the benefits of particular active learning assignments involving presentations of 3-dimensional simulations in an introductory biology…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Active Learning, Assignments, Student Evaluation
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Wise, Michael J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
The importance of biodiversity to the health of our planet is increasingly being discussed, not only by scientists, but by the public at large. Therefore, an understanding of how human activities are affecting biodiversity is vital for informed participation in society, and thus it is an important topic for liberal arts education. Here, I present…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Plants (Botany), Biology, Botany
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Camfield, Eileen Kogl; Land, Kirkwood M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
In response to calls for pedagogical reforms in undergraduate biology courses to decrease student attrition rates and increase active learning, this article describes one faculty member's conversion from traditional teaching methods to more engaging forms of practice. Partially told as a narrative, this article illustrates a.) the way many faculty…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses, Biology, Faculty Development
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Cross, Chrissy J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
In the undergraduate biology laboratory, many freshmen are apathetic towards the content of the course. Curriculum based reader's theater (CRBT) is an instructional method that can increase interest the students in the content of the course while improving student communication, collaboration and understanding. This research is an examination of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, College Science, Science Laboratories
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Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
E-portfolios have the potential to transform students' learning experiences. They promote reflection on the significance of what and how students have learned. Such reflective practices enhance students' ability to articulate their knowledge and skills to their peers, teachers, and future employers. In addition, e-portfolios can help assess the…
Descriptors: Molecular Biology, Portfolios (Background Materials), Learning Experience, Undergraduate Students
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Christensen, David R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Remote camera-traps are commonly used to estimate the abundance, diversity, behavior and habitat use of wildlife in an inexpensive and nonintrusive manner. Because of the increasing use of remote-cameras in wildlife studies, students interested in wildlife biology should be exposed to the use of remote-cameras early in their academic careers.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Biology, Higher Education
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Gonz├ílez, Edward L. F.; Lewis, C. Thomas; Slayback-Barry, Denise; Yost, Robert W. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
For a first-year seminar, Windows on Science, the authors developed a cooperative learning activity around film designed to meet two of the campus-wide Principles of Undergraduate Learning. The teaching method utilizes the power of storytelling by screening narrative and documentary films. In the process, the methodology helps students to realize…
Descriptors: African Americans, Science Instruction, Science Education, Multicultural Education
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Wright, L. Kate; Newman, Dina L.; Cardinale, Jean A.; Teese, Robert – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
The typical "flipped classroom" delivers lecture material in video format to students outside of class in order to make space for active learning in class. But why give students passive material at all? We are developing a set of high-quality online educational materials that promote active, hands-on science learning to aid in teaching…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, College Science, Vignettes, Active Learning
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Webb, Rebecca L.; Bilitski, James; Zerbee, Alyssa; Symans, Alexandra; Chop, Alexandra; Seitz, Brianne; Tran, Cindy – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
The study of embryonic development of multiple organisms, including model organisms such as frogs and chicks, is included in many undergraduate biology programs, as well as in a variety of graduate programs. As our knowledge of biological systems increases and the amount of material to be taught expands, the time spent instructing students about…
Descriptors: Embryology, Biology, College Science, Computer Oriented Programs
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Peterson, Elizabeth K.; Carrico, Pauline – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we describe a two-week learning module where students tested the role of the "fruitless" gene on aggression and courtship in "Drosophila melanogaster" via team-based learning (TBL) strategies. The purpose of this module was to determine if TBL could be used in the future as a platform to implement the course…
Descriptors: Genetics, College Science, Science Instruction, Teamwork
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Martin, Kirsten H. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
Undergraduate biology programs in smaller liberal arts colleges are increasingly becoming focused on health science fields. This narrowing of focus potentially decreases opportunities for these students to explore other sub-fields of biology. This perspectives article highlights how one small university in Connecticut decided to institute a…
Descriptors: College Science, Biology, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Berkes, Charlotte; Chan, Leo Li-Ying – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
We have developed a semester-long laboratory project for an undergraduate immunology course in which students study multiple aspects of macrophage biology including differentiation from progenitors in the bone marrow, activation upon stimulation with microbial ligands, expression of cell surface markers, and modulation of cytokine production. In…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Laboratories
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Metzger, Kelsey J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
Effectively managing active learning classrooms (ALCs), particularly large ALCs, can present a variety of challenges for instructors. There is a rapidly growing body of research literature addressing the impact of ALCs on student engagement and learning, but fewer studies have focused on investigating instructional practices and instructors in…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Biology
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Nogaj, Luiza A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
A nine-week laboratory project designed for a sophomore level molecular biology course is described. Small groups of students (3-4 per group) choose a tumor suppressor gene (TSG) or an oncogene for this project. Each group researches the role of their TSG/oncogene from primary literature articles and uses bioinformatics engines to find the gene…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Molecular Biology, College Science
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