Category Archives: Assessment

The Most Interesting Thing

Two days before each exam in my nonmajors biology class, I pass out quarter-sheet pieces of paper and ask two questions: 1. What is the most interesting thing you have learned in this section of the class? 2. What is … Continue reading

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The Versatile Index Card

I have been thinking about the humble index card. What are some good ways to use them in class or other presentations to large groups? Here’s one way that I use them. On the first day of class, I have … Continue reading

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Talk to Your Colleagues

A couple of months ago, I helped form a sort of “teaching club” with some carefully chosen colleagues. The idea originated with a talk by the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Robin Wright, who hosted an excellent workshop on active learning … Continue reading

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“Pointless” Clicker Questions

Clickers are expensive. Since I require students to buy them, I want to use them as much as I can, both in lecture and in lab. Ever since I made the transition to clickers from paper quiz slips, I have … Continue reading

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Clicker Questions that Make Students Think

Conference season came to a quick start and finish for me in June, starting with the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (http://www.ableweb.org/) conference at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and ending with the Introductory Biology Project (http://ibp.ou.edu/) conference in … Continue reading

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