Biology Leadership Conference: From Theory to Practice. Tom Owens Department of Plant Biology Office of Undergraduate Biology Cornell University. Cornell University. Course Learning Objectives.
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Biology Leadership Conference:
From Theory to Practice
Department of Plant Biology
Office of Undergraduate Biology
Course Learning Objectives
… each student develops a conceptual framework that ties together each of the topics we discuss over the course of the semester into a logical, integrated network into which any of the details of physiology can be positioned.
Learning Objectives for Each Lecture Topic
Formative Assessment for Each Lecture Topic
Annotation of the e-text
… focusing student attention
… thinking about evolution
… give them new information and ask them to apply it to what they know
formative assessment: pre-lecture quiz in Mastering Biology
pre-lecture assessment for the instructor
How to minimize cheating on online quizzes
post-lecture postings on clicker questions and class discussions
reduce the material you cover in lecture
“grid” your exams (Bloom’s taxonomy)
… use questions that are interesting and challenge them to apply new information
Botox (Botulinumtoxin,one of the most toxic substances known) is a protein complex that prevents the fusion of acetylcholine-containing vesicles to the plasma membrane at the synaptic terminal of motor neurons. What will be the state of the myosin binding sites on the actin filaments after treatment with Botox?
Botox has no effect on the myosin binding sites on actin
the myosin binding sites on actin are constantly exposed, but myosin doesn’t bind
the myosin binding sites on actin are constantly exposed, and myosin stays bound to the exposed sites
the myosin binding sites are constantly covered after Botox treatment
Consider using Tina Hartney’s group exam approach …
Hello Dr. Owens,This is Emily Cai from your Bio 1440 class last semester. I hope that this semester has been well for you. So far second semester has been quite busy for me but I enjoy all of my classes very much. I recently got my first prelim back for bio 1350 cell and developmental biology and I did very well on it. I think a great deal of my success was because of the thinking and studying methods that you taught me last semester. I am very grateful for the time I spent every week during your office hours and I want to thank you again for all your dedication in helping me to think more critically and more like a biologist. I hope I can have more professors like you during my time at Cornell.
Thanks to Pearson and all of the BLC participants for providing me with so many ideas …
It’s all your fault!
Weekly Discussion Section
end of week after lectures