USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 8 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Laboratories Engaging students in the Application and Process of Science (LEAPS): a glimpse into a curricular model to promote student critical thinking skills

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Wednesday Morning Pecha Kucha Session
Presentation 5

Scott Mateer
Traci Ness, Geneva DeMars, Jennifer Brofft Bailey, Melanie Link

We have implemented an authentic research experience into a multi-section undergraduate introductory biology laboratory course to introduce students to the process and application of science. Throughout the semester, students use basic molecular techniques to determine if insects they collected and identified are infected with Wolbachia. Students use bioinformatics to ascertain whether the detected strains are novel. Exploration of Wolbachia diversity provides a framework for promoting critical thinking skills. Students collaborate to conduct literature reviews, develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and organize and communicate results. The structure of each lab is designed to support student success: substantive pre-lab assignments prepare students for full engagement, while integrated discussions and post-lab assignments encourage synthesis and application skills. This model can be applied to other curricula across disciplines.

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Scott C. Mateer

Associate Professor of Biology, Armstrong State University

Wednesday April 8, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Room K

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