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Quantitative Biosciences and Bioengineering Seminar: Insights from Using High Structure Course Design in Biology and Engineering Courses

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Seminar Title: “Insights from Using High Structure Course Design in Biology and Engineering Courses” by Justin Shaffer, PhD

ABSTRACT: High structure course design involves aligning the achievement of student outcomes through pre-class content acquisition assignments, in-class active learning exercises, and after-class review assignments. This model of course design can be adapted for any subject and has been shown to improve student performance, reduce failure rates, and close achievement gaps. In this talk, Dr. Shaffer will share his insights from his experiences using high structure course design in a variety of chemical engineering and biology courses and will focus on two research projects related to high structure: 1) the use of reading guides in introductory biology, and 2) the use of two-stage collaborative exams in a materials and energy balances course.

BIO: Dr. Justin Shaffer joined the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department as a Teaching Associate Professor in July 2018. In CBE, Dr. Shaffer combines his training in engineering, biology, and pedagogy to teach thermodynamics, material and energy balances, anatomy and physiology, and introductory biology using active learning and student-centered teaching strategies. Dr. Shaffer also conducts engineering and biology education research with a focus on the efficacy of high structure teaching practices in undergraduate STEM courses, engineering student attitudes towards biology, and assessment of achievement gaps in first year courses. Previously, Dr. Shaffer was an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology at the University of California, Irvine where he taught large enrollment introductory biology, human anatomy, and non-majors biology courses. Dr. Shaffer also was a SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he studied gene expression profiling in cephalopods and obtained significant training in evidence-based pedagogies and course design. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington in Seattle and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.



January 31
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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