Learning cell biology as a team: A project-based approach toupper-divisioncell biology

Robin Wright, James Boggs

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Abstract

To help students develop successful strategies for learning how to learn and communicate complex information in cell biology, we developed a quarter-long cell biology class based on team projects. Each team researches a particular human disease and presents information about the cellular structure or process affected by the disease, the cellular and molecular biology of the disease, and recent research focused on understanding the cellular mechanisms of the disease process. To support effective teamwork and to help students develop collaboration skills useful for their future careers, we provide training in working in small groups. A final poster presentation, held in a public forum, summarizes what students have learned throughout the quarter. Although student satisfaction with the course is similar to that of standard lecture-based classes, a project-based class offers unique benefits to both the student and the instructor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-153
Number of pages9
JournalCell Biology Education
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

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Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Collaborative learning
  • Human diseases
  • Project-based learning
  • Team building
  • Upper-division cell biology

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Learning cell biology as a team : A project-based approach toupper-divisioncell biology. / Wright, Robin; Boggs, James.

In: Cell Biology Education, Vol. 1, No. 4, 01.12.2002, p. 145-153.

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