Moving (Actively) from Vision to Change in Undergraduate Biology Education

Sunday, February 19, 2012: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 206-207 (VCC West Building)
During the past decade, many reports have called for restructuring undergraduate life sciences education to make it more relevant and accessible to a broader spectrum of students and to base changes on research on human learning and cognition. These reports have pointed toward a high degree of confluence around more interdisciplinary and interconnected approaches and themes, including global societal issues, for undergraduate life sciences education with a greater emphasis on student-centered instruction. Many organizations independently have articulated similar visions for the future of undergraduate biology education. The primary challenge in the coming decade will be to help the community find ways that these visions can be implemented and sustained, which is the purpose of this interactive session. Participants will actively engage with examples of approaches suggested by the reports: “scientific teaching,” active student learning, and approaches to authentically assessing learning. The session will use techniques and facilitators from a highly successful summer institute for undergraduate education in biology, which has been offered annually since 2004.
Jay B. Labov, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
James Young, Yale University
James Young, Yale University
Jay B. Labov, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Introduction to the Interactive Session
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