Examples of Strategies for Active Learning in Undergraduate Biology Education
Day and time TBA
Session length: 3 hours
Organized by: Julia Ruppell (Department of Biology, University of Portland, Portland, OR; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The process of engaging students in active learning is connected to positive learning outcomes. Many science departments in higher education are embracing this phenomenon by encouraging instructors to use more active learning in their courses. However, many instructors would benefit from increased knowledge of active learning methods and their usefulness for covering different content in their courses. Instructors benefit when they can learn from others about appropriate teaching strategies and methods along with their potential drawbacks, and this in turn benefits students. This workshop aims to engage faculty and students who are interested in promoting active learning in college science classrooms, especially for biology majors’ courses. Presenters will demonstrate active learning methods that they use, discuss what has worked well for their courses, discuss potential hurdles to utilizing active learning in undergraduate education and request feedback from participants. The information in the workshops will inform participants instructional decision-making and future research about active learning in college science courses.