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Wednesday, April 2 • 2:05pm - 2:55pm
Using Technology to Improve Success in General Biology

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Greg Dement, Phyllis Griffard, Connie Kang, and Rachna Sadana are a subset subset of the biology faculty who are collaborating in a Community of Practice as part of the Comprehensive Student Success Program (CSSP) grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Their goal has been to not only improve the ABC pass rate in the gateway biology courses - thus improving retention in the STEM majors, but also improve engagement in the classroom and deepen learning. During the summer of 2013, their Community of Practice developed robust, challenging modules for Team-Based Learning (TBL) that were implemented successfully following fall in all sections of Biology 1301 and are now the model for both Biology 1301 and 1302. A feature of TBL is the readiness assurance process that “flips” the background learning from the lecture hall to preparing before class. Now class time is used for team engagement in rich applications of this background. These curricular innovations have made use of several technologies: Blackboard-based readiness assurance tasks and scratch-off (IF-AT) cards for team quizzes, and formative in-class assessment using the cloud-based Learning Catalytic application on Nook devices.

This group will share their experiences in a 30-minute hands-on panel presentation, discussing how they collaborated to develop the modules, use these technologies in the classroom, and why they think they are working.

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Jacqueline Sack

TLC Conference Committee Member, UHD, Dept. of Urban Education
Mathematics Educator


Gregory Dement

Director of the Comprehensive Student Success Program, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Houston-Downtown
Greg Dement is Director of the Comprehensive Student Success Program grant and Natural Sciences Learning Strategies Instructor in the College of Sciences and Technology.  He plans and facilitates faculty, student, and instructional development activities related to gateway courses... Read More →

Phyllis Griffard

Lecturer, UHD
Phyllis Griffard is a Lecturer in Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences. She teaches freshman lecture and lab courses including the research-based “phage-hunter” labs. Phyllis’ research has addressed how students develop representational competence and how research exposure... Read More →

Connie Kang

Lecturer, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Houston-Downtown
Connie Kang is a Lecturer in the Department of Natural Sciences and teaches upper level and gateway biology courses including first-semester general biology. She is also a practitioner of Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) and a co-developer and practitioner of Team-Based Learning... Read More →

Rachna Sadana

Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Houston-Downtown
Rachna Sadana is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Biochemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences. She teaches a variety of lower and upper level biology courses. Her research work focuses on investigating analogues of natural compounds for their anti-cancer properties.

Wednesday April 2, 2014 2:05pm - 2:55pm
Buffalo Bayou Room

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