Active Learning and Student Learning Goals:
This is a learner-centered course based on the principles of scientific
teaching. I am not here to passively lecture, but to actively involve
you in constructing your own understanding of plant biology. To stress
this point, we refer to class time as a "class meeting" where we will
all be involved in working towards the common goal of learning. The goals
for this course are based on core competencies and disciplinary practices
described in a national report entitled "Vision and Change in Undergraduate
Biology Education", C. Brewer and D. Smith eds. 2011. This course
is designed to enhance your ability in plant biology to
- apply the process of science
- use quantitative reasoning
- use modeling and simulation
- make connections among concepts in plant biology and other disciplines
- communicate biological concepts and interpretations of science to
- participate effectively in a collaborative team to successfully achieve
the course goals
- evaluate the ethical implications of biological research
- demonstrate the relationship between science and society in the context
What are your personal goals for PLB 203?
- What do you want to know and be able to do by the end of this course?
- Do you feel prepared to achieve these goals?
- How will you attempt to achieve these goals?
What you should be able to do after successfully completing this course:
- Organize knowledge...by identifying the relationships among biological
- Reason logically and critically... to evaluate information and design
alternative explanations about the process and content of science.
- interpret and analyze literature...from both secondary and primary
- Communicate....by constructing models about biological concepts and
processes; by articulating scientific explanations to various audiences
- Interpret and evaluate scientific claims in the media
- Improve your capacity to work as a member of a productive, collaborative
- As facilitator I will encourage and create a learning environment
in which all students are actively
engaged in the process of scientific thought and reasoning.
- I shall guide your developement toward higher-order thinking and reasoning
skills so you can successfully explore and demonstrate achievement of
each of the goals above.
Student Self-Report Goals are to: