INNOVATING AND REVITALIZING TEACHING
Thanks to the support of the Undergraduate Biology Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of Kansas, I have innovated and revitalized several courses by merging art and science and by incorporating discovery-based learning, integrating learning technologies, and peer-teaching approaches. Graduate students involved in these experiences are supported by the Graduate Research Consultant Program.
Art and science
Students in Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (Biol 240), a large enrollment lecture course, have the opportunity to learn anatomy in different ways. Students create artistic depictions of the human body, which are displayed in an annual event, 'ARTnatomy'.
Students in the cadaver dissection laboratory (Biol 242) now have the opportunity to conduct small research projects developing their own hypothesis, designing a testing method, and learning basic statistics to analyze morphological data. Students present at the University of Kansas Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Dissection students and paramedics from the 705th Military Police Battalion at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, address real clinical cases while reviewing anatomical structures.
Each semester students engage in a wide range of learning technology tools. These include reflective blogging using social media and developing instructional videos (watch example).