Topics, Readings & Resources

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Date

TOPIC

Assignment  for next class





Jan
19

Getting to know you/us...

What should a MCDB graduate/future biology teacher know? Concept mapping

take the Biology concept inventory (BCI)

Watch A private universe
Read  Ersatz Learning
Read-HL Conceptual foundations of biology (2010)




Jan
26

Consider the BCI questions -
What should student master in the MCDB core course sequence?

Read Knowing What Students Know
Read-HL Tanner & Allen 2007
Read-HL Anderson et al 2002
Read-HL Annotated BCI
Read-HL Genetics Concept Assessment
Read-HL Genetics Literacy  Assessment




Feb
2

Getting serious:  What are the core ideas involved in modern blology;

How do EBio, MCDB and iPHY connect / where do they diverge?

What do assessments tell us about learnin, and how to change course design and structure.

Read How People Learn Ch1

Read-HL Now for the hard part - Klymkowsky & Cooper.




Feb
9

Discussion of Overall Learning Goals for MCDB, EBIO, and IPHY :  Class led by Brian Couch, SEI Science Teaching Fellow, MCDB

Read Revisiting the eclipse of Darwinism
Read-HL Why is evolution hard?
Read-HL Garvin-Doxas & Klymkowsky, 2008
Read-HL Evolution of cancer cells


 

Feb
16

Thinking about teaching evolution (why, where, when, what)

 

Read How People Learn - chapter 2 and 3
Read The new genetics
Read-HL Orign of genes
Read-HL Mutations and phenotypes

Read-HLTaking science education seriously




Feb
23

Cellular / Molecular conceptual challenges continued
Discussion of preliminary project ideas

Project Laboratory & Active learning:
(concentrate on these two)

for discussion: Laboratory artifacts
and: Fading observations




March
1

What is the role of the laboratory course in the curriculum

Project review & Assessment design

Complete CITI training online

How People Learn, Chs. 4





March
8

Run through of student projects

Read How People Learn, Chs. 5 (last chapter we will be reading)

Visit: MCDB Curriculum Proposal (DRAFT)
consider:
MCDB knowledge statements and performance expectations

Read: How students learn statistics


 

March
15

How would you design your own major?
Run through of student projects

radiolab:  how people learn

how to use screencast-o-matic: here




March
22

Run through of student projects
how to use screencast-o-matic: here

Read: Raise standards for preclinical cancer research
Read:  Science envy and the Nature of Science

consider: Autism Sectrum Disorders


 

April
5

Lab boot camp for CU Teach students

Re-Read-HL Conceptual foundations of biology (2010)



April
12

Discussion of conceptual foundations of EBio and IPhy in comparison to MCDB

Preliminary boards of presentations  due

 

 

April
19

 

 



April
26

Student Presentations

read Lynch '08 & McAdams & Arkin 1997
read HL Assessing student understanding
Read-HL Annotated BCI




May
3

Student Presentations

Final Project
Due on the day that the final for the class is scheduled.


Supplemental readings for the so inclined:

Audio/ Video / Applet resources:

  • foldit
  • genetic driftt
  • Sexual selection
  • John Maynard Smith on youtube

13-Sep-2012
M.W. Klymkowsky & E. Furtak 2008-2012