Linda E. Martin-Morris
For students concurrently serving as peer facilitators in biology courses. Students received instruction in teaching as well as supplemental information on material they teach others. Prerequisite: either BIOL 100, BIOL 180, B BIO 180, or TESC 120. Credit/no-credit only.
Students of biology 396 are leaders during case study learning in Biology 100. Their groups are asked to research and peer instruct in order to learn biology concepts independently. Peer facilitators (Bio 396 students) help ensure that this experience is useful and consistent between groups.
Student learning goals
Solidify understanding of biology concepts through case study learning.
Experience impact of novel learning methods on their comprehension and retention of concepts.
Develop leadership skills and learn to troubleshoot problems.
General method of instruction
Meetings with other peer facilitators and mentor.
Biology 100 highly recommended. Biology 220 is acceptable in rare situations.
Class assignments and grading
Ungraded (credit/no credit). Assignments are to prepare by knowing each case study and to write one reflective essay at the end of the quarter pertaining to the learning goals stated above.
Credit will be awarded to students who attend all (or most with instructor approval) meeting days, AND who treat their groups with respect and regard for their productivity and satisfaction in case study learning.