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Linda E. Martin-Morris
BIOL 396
Seattle Campus

Peer Facilitation - Teaching in Biology

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Linda E. Martin-Morris
Date: 09/01/2007