Abstract

Graduate and post-graduate study give faculty a sound foundation in discipline-based research but often fail to provide training in how to critically assess success in the classroom (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - SoTL). Here, I describe the research project I designed as a member of the American Society of Microbiology's Scholars-in-Residence Program, a program designed to encourage SoTL. The study evaluates the effectiveness of an optional laboratory component of an introductory microbiology course in teaching the process of science. This question is relevant because laboratory courses are expensive and time-consuming and it is important that they meet their educational objectives. The results of the study are presented as well as a critical analysis of the assessment instruments. Challenges encountered in performing humansubjects research will also be discussed.

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Room 1909

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Nov 1st, 2:00 PM Nov 1st, 2:45 PM

The Effectiveness of Project-Based Labs on Learning the Process Of Science: A Sotl Study

Room 1909

Graduate and post-graduate study give faculty a sound foundation in discipline-based research but often fail to provide training in how to critically assess success in the classroom (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - SoTL). Here, I describe the research project I designed as a member of the American Society of Microbiology's Scholars-in-Residence Program, a program designed to encourage SoTL. The study evaluates the effectiveness of an optional laboratory component of an introductory microbiology course in teaching the process of science. This question is relevant because laboratory courses are expensive and time-consuming and it is important that they meet their educational objectives. The results of the study are presented as well as a critical analysis of the assessment instruments. Challenges encountered in performing humansubjects research will also be discussed.