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a large competitive research university like UCI, the typical entering
biology student regards the core courses with little excitement and
even some dread. For many students, introductory biology is a
collection of esoteric facts that must be briefly committed to memory
in preparation for a succession of exams designed to eliminate the weak
and ill-prepared, so that the survivors can be admitted to medical
Research faculty teaching
these introductory courses often approach the task with high anxiety,
anticipating an experience that has little intellectual interest and a
large administrative load, that may disrupt or even significantly
impede their research progress.
is to change the climate for both faculty and students. We are
developing tools and strategies for creating an environment in large
classes that fosters intellectual excitement and a spirit of inquiry
among students, while decreasing the administrative load for faculty.
We are posting resources we have developed and encourage those who try
them to provide feedback.
Current projects and access to related resources: