Biology curriculum revision: Bio 101 Fall 2010

As part of the Biology curriculum revision, Biology 101L Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology was first taught in the fall by Nicholas Buchler and Dan KiehartAlison Hill designed and implemented the new lab experiences as Lab Coordinator.

What’s new?

  • Active learning, with students problem-solving in class
  • All new labs, integrated with course topics and learning outcomes. Students used techniques discussed in class to do a genuine research project over the course of the semester.
  • Student response system (“clickers”) encouraged active learning and checked student understanding in real time during class
  • Instructors wrote learning objectives for the entire course as well as for each class.
  • Students could use a handwritten “data sheet” for exams and quizzes, to focus on concepts rather than facts
  • Timed reading quizzes were administered online before class once or twice a week, to prepare students for more active participation
  • In class quizzes every Friday on the previous week’s content, followed by question and answer review period
  • Class quizzes and exams were composed of multiple response type questions
  • Most of the course content had not been taught by the instructors in previous years
  • Music played before the class started


Andrea Novicki

Author: Andrea Novicki

Andrea helps faculty teach effectively and efficiently. She works primarily with scientists, using her biology background, love of science and teaching experience. Her current enthusiasms include active learning, group learning (especially team-based learning) and assessment.