Proposal Title

Using a two-course collaborative project to promote multiple-perspective thinking

Track

Research Proposal / Assessment of Student Learning

Proposal Abstract

Our aim is to challenge students to learn and broadly understand concepts so that they can apply them under different contexts. We have assigned a two-course group project that combines students from Microbiology and A&PII. Disease and immunity are covered in both courses but taught with a different focus. A collaborative project, utilizing microbial disease as a central theme, was designed to encourage students to think critically from the multiple perspectives of the two courses. Microbiology students were to concentrate on the microbial actions, with A&PII students focusing on the human physiological responses, thus creating a more thorough project.

Proposal Description

One major goal in teaching is to challenge students to learn and understand concepts so that they can apply them under different contexts, instead of just being able to narrowly recognize and define terms. Students tend to compartmentalize their knowledge within and between courses rather than combining knowledge gained from each course. Course projects are often assigned in groups in order to incorporate several topics and broad ideas learned throughout a semester in an integrated way that encourages critical thinking. Moreover, group work combines the talents and knowledge of each member, allowing students to produce a more thorough and creative product.

We have assigned a two-course project that combines students from Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology II into groups in order to promote integrated curriculum learning. Students, mostly pre-nursing majors, often take Anatomy & Physiology II and Microbiology for Health Sciences within the same year. Several topics are covered in both of the two courses, including disease and immunity, but they are taught with a different focus in each course. A collaborative project, utilizing microbial disease as a central theme and combining students from the two different courses, was designed to encourage students to think critically from multiple perspectives and use multimedia to creatively present their research. Specifically, A&PII students were expected to focus on the human physiological responses to disease, while microbiology students were anticipated to concentrate on the microbial actions during disease.

This project is in progress. Using a project rubric, we will assess whether the combined course collaborative groups were able to produce projects with more thorough and interesting content than control groups who partnered only within their own class, A&P II or Microbiology, respectively. Student attitudes, disease-related knowledge, and group functionality will also be assessed. Project clips showing content and creativity will be displayed using Aurasma.

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Mar 29th, 4:00 PM Mar 29th, 3:00 PM

Using a two-course collaborative project to promote multiple-perspective thinking

Our aim is to challenge students to learn and broadly understand concepts so that they can apply them under different contexts. We have assigned a two-course group project that combines students from Microbiology and A&PII. Disease and immunity are covered in both courses but taught with a different focus. A collaborative project, utilizing microbial disease as a central theme, was designed to encourage students to think critically from the multiple perspectives of the two courses. Microbiology students were to concentrate on the microbial actions, with A&PII students focusing on the human physiological responses, thus creating a more thorough project.