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Emerging Learning Design 2018
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Friday, June 1 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Inquiry-Based Experimental Learning Design in Microbiology

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Science courses have the benefit of scheduled laboratories to engage students. These sessions usually present a topic with recipe-based instructions and the expectation that students follow them to an expected experimental result. In some ways this is the opposite of the scientific process and misguides students' perceptions of scientific thought. At a highly diverse community college the 200-level microbiology laboratory was restructured to follow an inquiry-based framework where students design their own experiments. This refocusing enables each learner to explore the laboratory topics with personal interest and more closely mimics the actual scientific process.


Erica Foote

Passaic County Community College
Erica Foote is a classically trained microbiologist who shifted her career focus from research to teaching.  After finding that many students have misconceptions about the true practices of science, she decided to investigate alternate methods of classroom and laboratory instruction... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
7th Floor Conference Center