Using active learning to teach concepts and methods in quantitative biology

Lindsay D. Waldrop, Stephen C. Adolph, Cecilia G. Diniz Behn, Emily Braley, Joshua A. Drew, Robert J. Full, Louis J. Gross, John A. Jungck, Brynja Kohler, Jennifer C. Prairie, Blerta Shtylla, Laura A. Miller

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This article provides a summary of the ideas discussed at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology society-wide symposium on Leading Students and Faculty to Quantitative Biology through Active Learning. It also includes a brief review of the recent advancements in incorporating active learning approaches into quantitative biology classrooms. We begin with an overview of recent literature that shows that active learning can improve students' outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education disciplines. We then discuss how this approach can be particularly useful when teaching topics in quantitative biology. Next, we describe some of the recent initiatives to develop hands-on activities in quantitative biology at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. Throughout the article we provide resources for educators who wish to integrate active learning and technology into their classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)933-948
Number of pages16
JournalIntegrative and comparative biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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