SoTL Shop Talk event

Thursday, April 24, 2008 (Around 6 years ago)

Margaret Bloch Qazi (Biology/SOTL coordinator), Brenda Kelly (Chemistry), and Leila Brammer (Communication Studies) will present SOTL Projects — Innovations in the Biochemistry Laboratory Curriculum and Public Discourse and civic engagement: The introductory communication course as training for citizenship at the next Shop Talk. Please join this event on April 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm in the Interpretive Center. click more to view the abstract.

Abstract: Some of the teaching challenges in science laboratories are similar to those in lecture-based courses and include a lack of student engagement and ability to apply laboratory knowledge to address a ‘real’ scientific question. Through this Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Project, conducted in collaboration with Jeff Dahlseid, Mark Levandowski (Grinnell College) and Elizabeth Trimmer (Grinnell College), we hope to make student learning more effective in the biochemistry laboratory through the development of a curriculum that is inquiry based, has a continuity of focus, and emphasizes the communication of scientific results. In this Shop Talk, I will discuss the development, current outcomes, and future goals for this project to support the effectiveness of this type of curriculum in enhancing student learning and engagement in the laboratory.

In fall 2007, the Department of Communication Studies began teaching Public Discourse in place of Public Speaking as an introductory course to curriculum in the major. The objective of this change is to more fully introduce students to the principles and skills of civic engagement in order to better prepare students for advanced work in the major and for their lives as citizens. Preliminary results of the course assessment, including survey data, a critical thinking evaluation, example assignments, and student projects from the course, will be presented.

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