A Course Redesign Project
Adaptive Courseware in Biology
Keywords:Adaptive Courseware, Biology, General Education, Open Education Resources, Course Redesign
In the summer of 2019, a cooperative team of Biology faculty and a principal investigator worked to develop a solid set of aligned student learning outcomes across the sections of first semester (BIOL 1305) and second semester (BIOL 1306) of introductory Biology. Additionally, the group worked on course objectives alignment within the scope and sequence of the courses, as well as aligned syllabi. A full course redesign was initiated over the summer, where the goal was to align student learning outcomes (SLOs), assessments, and develop a shared set of syllabi for six sections across two courses of introductory biology.
At UTEP, the overall goal was to integrate adaptive courseware technology tools, open education resources (OER) and active learning strategies within a course redesign in our Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard, for a number of sections in Biology 1305 and Biology 1306 beginning in the spring of 2020. This is challenging, as much of adaptive courseware technology is not as strong in content as the Biology faculty would like for these classes, although it can help to substantially reduce the costs for students. The information that follows defines the case study for integrating adaptive courseware within the course redesign process for a series of high enrollment introductory Biology courses
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