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2017 Zone I Best Paper: Molecules and Cells: A Model for Addressing the Needs of Students with Varied Backgrounds and Diverse Learning Styles

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

The 2017 Zone Best Paper Session

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Eileen Haase Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

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Dr. Haase is a senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and chair of the Applied Biomedical Engineering program. She is currently the interim Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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Harry R. Goldberg Johns Hopkins University

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Students in “Molecules and Cells” completed a survey to assess their learning preferences. Almost two-thirds of the students were multimodal, learning through a combination of visual, aural, read/write, or kinesthetic modes. This supported our view that a diverse learning environment with a variety of learning modalities would make a significant contribution to the students’ understanding and retention of the material. These methods included: lectures with class demonstrations, team based learning, formative assessments through “clicker questions”, simulations, peer instruction, informal and formal group discussion, case studies, and a variety of online resources. A majority (93%) of students believed they benefitted from this approach, a view that was supported quantitatively: 90% of the 126 students enrolled in the course attended class even though each lecture was available on-line.

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