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In using cooperative and group projects in courses, there are two possible (at least) guiding reasons: a pedagogical approach (means) to achieve deeper content learning (ends) or to help students develop group work skills. The former is how most of us probably use it. The latter is very valuable (and necessary) but often overlooked as an explcit topic to teach (e.g., the theory of group dynamics). Many biologists may not be qualified to teach that anyway. For future curriculum revolution in biology education, we may want to find a place for more explicit skills development where that is the ends (focal learning objective) to be focused on rather than content. We could look to colleagues in programs like business who may already be teaching this to help us.

I had not heard of knowledge surveys before and really like this as a way to help students think about what they know and don't know and also collect data for pre- post evaluation of student learning. Since creating this survey should be very easy (changing the wording of learning objectives (which should already be created) with the phrase "I am able to..."), it is probably something that I will do in the future. 

I also learned some new and very helpful things about surveys--including what an official Likert scale question really is!

 

 

Slides look good. Having an example of the classroom activity and a preivew of the questions is great. It seems as though your activity aligns with your objectives well.

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