Helping students make connections
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Consideration of conceptual nodes that cross science disciplines and ways that those nodes can be used to connect and enrich student learning.
- Day long discussions of possible nodes and their connections to our teaching during a fall Science Division faculty retreat. Examples that evolved includee equilibrium, visualization, probability, mechanism, and information.
- Week long workshop with faculty members teaching courses in the first two years in biology and chemistry. Outcomes included:
- Nodes identified that crossed several courses included, dynamics, energetic, equilibrium, and modeling. Times and topics where these nodes are dealt with in courses were identified and materials used in their presentation were shared.
- Molecules that might serve as a theme for a year were identified. Penicillin and alcohol dehydrogenase were identified as subjects that could be used in several courses.