Biology 1

  1. Course topic and level

         Majors Introductory Biology Lab focusing on biological diversity, followed by introductions to genetics, evolution, and ecology.

   2. Main Change

         Lab activities changed to an inquiry format, allowing students to learn about biological diversity in a fashion more similar to practicing biologists.  For example:

—In "A", the original lab, students were provided identification labels and detailed lab instructions. In "—B", the inquiry lab, students are asked to identify plants 1, 2, 3 and observe and indentify key phyla differences.
 
3.  Faculty Resources
 

         Colbert J.T. and Westgate L.M. (2015) Exploring Biological Diversity with Introductions to Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology. Fountainhead Press. Southlake, TX. Contact Jim Colbert

4.  Presentations/Publications

Mynhardt, G. and J.T. Colbert. 2013.  Student perceptions and conceptual understanding of biological diversity.  Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, Annual Meeting Abstracts, University of Minnesota, p. 25.

Chaffee, C., G. Mynhardt, and J.T. Colbert. 2014.  Teaching biodiversity positively influences both the cognitive and affective domains.  Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research, Annual Meeting Abstracts, University of Minnesota, p. 74.