Blended learning to enhance an undergraduate Biology laboratory course

Title Blended learning to enhance an undergraduate Biology laboratory course
Faculty/College/Unit Science
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Project Summary

The Biology 140 blended learning project will enhance the learning experience of a large number of students in first year biology, many of whom are taking a biology lab course for the first time. Students struggle with essential transferrable skills such as a sound understanding of the fundamental elements of scientific enquiry, and the ability to communicate clearly and logically. Also, undergraduate students are unaware of world-leading research conducted on campus. To this end, the proposed project will capitalize on blended learning to 1) develop and incorporate appropriate scaffolding resources and opportunities to practice and connect the fundamental elements of scientific inquiry/investigation and communication and 2) raise student motivation and perceptions of the relevance of their lab activities by making explicit connections to current research at UBC. The project will result in broadly applicable instructional resources, and success will be characterized by measuring student learning and motivation.

Year 1: Project Title Blended learning to enhance student learning experience in a large undergraduate Biology laboratory course
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Pamela Kalas
Year 1: Funded Amount 97,922
Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 2: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Pamela Kalas
Year 2: Funded Amount 94,577
Year 2: Team Members

Kathy Nomme, Sr. Instructor / BIOL 140 Course Coordinator, Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science
Trish Schulte, Full Professor, Chair of the Biology Curriculum Committee / Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative Departmental Director
Shona Ellis, Professor of Teaching / Associate Head of Biology, Botany, Faculty of Science