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FAS Teaching & Learning Showcase Panel II: Learning and Doing Science from Years 1 to 4

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Join the Teaching & Learning Community of Practice (CoP) members in two online showcase panels highlighting lessons learned.

Monday, May 9, 2022, 10–11:30 am: Inclusive EAL Teaching, Ungrading, and VR
Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 10–11:30 am: Learning and Doing Science from Years 1 to 4

Panel II (May 10): Learning and Doing Science from Years 1 to 4

Learning Science Through Doing Science in First-Year Classes
Carolyn D. Sealfon, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Physics

How can we empower students with the creativity and thrill of scientific discovery in a first-year course, learning fundamental concepts that are hundreds of years old? The Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) approach is based on two key intentions: (1) We want students to learn science by thinking like scientists; by engaging in knowledge-generating activities that mimic the actual practices of science and using the reasoning tools that scientists use when constructing and applying knowledge. (2) The way in which students learn science should enhance their well-being. Come engage in an introductory tour of ISLE.

Reimagining In-person Science Laboratories with Pandemic-Developed Online Resources
Christopher Garside, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Cell and Systems Biology

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the closure of the majority of undergraduate student life-sciences laboratories. This necessitated the creation of online learning objects for the adaptation of those laboratories to an online environment. In the Department of Cell and Systems Biology, we hired Lab development TAs to work in teams to produce online learning objects, which included lab video protocols, writing assignment deconstruction videos, lab presentations, and tested laboratory data sets. However, with the return to in-person labs, the question arises: What do we do with these newly developed online laboratory resources? In this talk, I will share a selection of those learning objects produced for the transition to online and will reveal how we have already, or how we plan to repurpose these learning objects in our in-person laboratories. For example, we are using online learning objects as student pre-lab preparation and supplemental support resources, as TA training videos, and as in-lab virtual TAs. These approaches to the reuse of remote laboratory resources should be applicable to a variety of STEM disciplines.

Learning the Chemistry of Metals in Biology: CHM437
Robert Morris, Professor, Chemistry

This synchronous and asynchronous class was taught in the Winter 2021 with about twenty undergraduate and three graduate students. A challenge of this course is the visualization of complex protein structures that contain metals. Another is the wide range of chemical principles needed to understand the role of metals in enzymes in complex systems like respiration and photosynthesis.

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