In OEB 119: Deep Sea Biology, groups of students have to present and lead discussions on scientific papers throughout the semester. Before class each week, all students have to read an assigned scientific paper and post a summary paragraph and two questions to an online forum. A group of students has to prepare a short presentation about one part of the paper, so that each paper is presented by a different group of three to four students each week.
In OEB 191: Physiological and Biochemical Adaptation, students present one or two papers in primary literature to the class and lead the discussion. After retrieving the papers from online sources or the library and reading them, the presenters prepare a PowerPoint show to explain and summarize the findings.
In Systems Biology 200, a graduate level class with some undergraduates enrolled, one of the skills that students learn is how to simulate molecular processes in biology by writing monte carle simulations (the Doob-Gillespie algorithm).
In Physics 11b, students engage in peer instruction by discussing the answers to questions posed in class. Before the activity, students need to have completed the reading and reviewed the concept questions. In class, students are given questions that they answer using an online system similar to clickers. Afterwards, students discuss the question with their neighbors and then enter their responses again. The answer to the question is given and discussed if a large portion of the class still has trouble with the question. This teaching style is used throughout the semester.
In Joshua Greene's course, "Social Psychology," students design and run their own original "unobtrusive experiments" as the final project for the class. Students read and conduct background research to get ideas, write a proposal and refine it with the help of the TF, carry out the research, give a presentation on the research, and write up the results.
Graduate students in Anne Shreffler's seminar, "The Fromm Foundation and Contemporary Music in the United States," collaborate during the semester to produce an exhibition in the Loeb Music Library entitled, Composing the Future: The Fromm Foundation and the Music of Our Time.
In Robin Kelsey's gen ed, "Seeing is Believing: A History of Photography," students complete a final project by producing multiple photographs that engaged the history of photography in an inquisitive and meaningful way.