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This is what I will talk about at ASM CUE.  I have different projects going now.

The course:

Introduction to Biotechnology - a 4000/5000- level course

The challenge:

UCD is a primarily commuter campus with a large non-traditional student population.  How do you get students to connect with eachother and the material? 

The question:

Do blogs help students connect with eachother and the course material?

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-you'll probably need to actually ask them what they did before the 4th assignment so that you know if they practiced additionally or not. This could end up being important in their performance on this last survey.
Posted 15:00, 17 Jul 2009
Your strategies of training students on using the rubric and Bloom awareness are fantastic. I'm REALLY interested in seeing the rubric you develop. I would be sure that all assignments are "isomorphic."
Posted 15:01, 17 Jul 2009
Will you use the work from previous semesters as the baseline?
There is a paper on peer review of lab reports. At least 10 years old. I think it is in American Biology Teacher. I might be able to find it if you send an e-mail.

maybe you could "word cloud" the lab reports and see what words pop out. Might be meaningless, but you never know. Google "wordle" to find a free program on line.

Novelty: I think we still need to know a lot about how to get students to write good professional reports. All little pieces of research data in this area are important.
Posted 15:01, 17 Jul 2009
I really like the idea of having them review their first assignment after the fact.

Do you know when they are doing these assignments? All the night before? If you implement draft due dates for peer review, maybe this will go a long way in helping them to generate a better final product.
Posted 15:01, 17 Jul 2009
---You may want to give students examples of good and bad discussions
--For 3rd assignment, are you going to have the students turn in their first (pre-peer review) assignment along with the final (post-peer review assignment)?
--You may have something novel with the under-represented minority group.
Posted 15:01, 17 Jul 2009
I like the approach you brought to this in particular the peer-evaluate, but I am not sure about teh self-evaluating process would yield any results for use.
Posted 16:50, 17 Jul 2009
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