Category Archives: Biology

Clickers in a large lecture class – Catherine Combelles

What: Clickers (personal polling devices) in a large lecture class

Who: Catherine Combelles, Assistant Professor of Biology

Class: BIOL0145 Cell Biology and Genetics

Technology Used: Personal Polling Devices (Clickers)

Number of students: approx. 70

Learning objective: To monitor the students’ understanding of concepts covered in lecture and promote peer learning and discussion.

Description of use: Catherine used the clickers for every lecture from day 1 to the last day of classes, and throughout the duration of each lecture. At the beginning of each lecure, she started with a question that tested their understanding of concepts from the past lecture or on their readings for the day. She would then pose between 3-4 more questions depending on the lecture content that day. Continue reading

Evolution Simulation Model — Matt Landis

Evolution Simulation Model
Technology used: NetLogo
Course: BIOL0140 Ecology and Evolution
Learning objective: Allow students to experimentally investigate evolution through a computer simulation
Reason for using the technology: After using EcoBeaker in their labs for several years, Professor Matt Landis and his colleagues wanted to try a different simulation model. Because EcoBeaker is proprietary software, the instructors weren’t able to answer students’ questions about how the model worked. They also weren’t able to fix software bugs.  Using NetLogo allowed Matt to build and modify the model to directly address pedagogical needs. Continue reading