“Praised for its innovative components of active learning, the course has been described as “the experimental foundation for our entire major in biological sciences,” and has become a model now used by other universities around the country.” – CALS Tumblr
The Investigative Biology staff have engineered a new approach to teaching foundational biology. The impact the course has made on academic structure has has a countrywide presence. The CALS Tumblr details how this new, adaptive approach to pedagogy has made the course increasingly popular since its overhaul in 2010.
Staff Attends EdTech Day
KC Ryan, Assistant Laboratory Coordinator, and Dr. Mark Sarvary, Laboratory Director attended the 2015 EdTech Day at Ithaca College. This event features faculty and staff demonstrating how they are making use of educational technology. Our staff got to sample a variety of educational technology, including but not limited to the video game software OculusRift, as well as adaptive note-taking tech. The Investigative Biology staff continues to attend this event on a yearly basis.
Celebrating a Super Student
Eliana Jacobson (2016) is one of our dedicated undergraduate TA’s. She worked closely both with Dr. Sarvary and our Course Coordinator Irena Horvatt to engage our students in science through social media via our Twitter feed “live from lab” sections. You can check out her profile here. She was a huge asset to the Investigative Biology team, and we are very proud!
Biology Engages Wikipedia as a Resource
(Left to right; Ashley Downs, Kalee Pacion)
“Most students (and to be honest: so do I), first go to Wikipedia to learn about a new phenomenon.” – Dr. Mark Sarvary
Dr. Sarvary, along with librarians Ashley Downs and Kelee Pacion, together have created a course focused on developing Wikipedia as a true resource. Focusing on the scientific communication process, quality control, and academic integrity, the course educates students through the creation and editing of student selected biology stubs. More information on this course can be found here.