Peer Instruction

The Blank Syllabus

In "The Blank Syllabus" activity, the instructor leaves assigned readings blank for some of the class sessions. The second writing assignment requires students to choose a reading from the course anthology--a reading that is then assigned to the class, thus filling in the blanks on the syllabus. The students get practice in writing about a reading of their choosing in the first assignment.… Read more about The Blank Syllabus

Peer-to-Peer Outline Feedback

Overview: In this activity, students read each other's outlines on their final course paper and then met in small groups to give each other constructive feedback. 

Course: H156 Research Schools

Goals

1) To provide students with feedback on their outlines

2) To give students the opportunity to peer teach and to see how other students are structuring their outlines and arguments

Introduction/Background: Research supports that peer-to-peer teaching can be a powerful learning… Read more about Peer-to-Peer Outline Feedback

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.

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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.… Read more about Protein Function Follows Form: Two-Lesson Activity

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