Peer Instruction

Quick Polling for Data Assessments

Activity: Intro to Data Science Lecture

Submitted by Rafael A. Irizarry, Public Health


  • To allow both the student and the teaching staff to gauge if the lecture material is being understood.

 Class: BIO 260 –Introduction to Data Science

Introduction/Background: This in-class activity is part of a Biostatistics course that incorporates assessment questions throughout the lecture as an activity-based learning technique.

Red Light, Green Light: Cell Division and Angelina Jolie

Created by Paul Ogg, Melissa Krebs, Vida Melvin, Amanda Charlesworth, and Melanie Badtke, this lesson teaches how cells regulate cell division using some lecture interspersed with interactive activities including clicker questions, pair/share, and class discussion, applying concepts to Angelina Jolie's BRCA1 mutation.

Protein Function Follows Form: Two-Lesson Activity

Created by Moriah Beck, Masih Shokrani, Karen Koster, William Soto, David McDonald, and David Swanson for the National Academies Northstar Institute for Undergraduate Teaching in Biology, this activity spans 2-3 classes and uses lecture, clicker questions, jigsaws, and group discussions to teach the relationship between protein structure and function.