Starting right: Using "biophilia," organism cards, & key themes in biology to introduce student-centered active-learning strategies at the beginning of a course

Kelsey J Metzger

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Abstract

To create rich learning experiences, it is important to engage students from the very beginning of a course and lay the foundation for constructing a community of active learners. The activities described here using "organism cards" connect students' previous knowledge to course goals and address key themes in biology while initiating student-centered and active learning. Using these approaches from the very first day of class can contribute to creating a positive learning environment in which students engage with each other and instructors, resulting in significant learning experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-289
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Volume75
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Characteristics of organisms
  • Evolution.
  • First day activity
  • Inquiry
  • Relationships between organisms
  • Unity and diversity of life

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