NSF-funded project will redesign introductory biology course to improve student success

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The Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) is collaborating with the Department of Biological Sciences in a new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to redesign UAA’s general introductory biology course for non-majors. The goal is to increase student learning and engagement, and to encourage more UAA students to pursue STEM majors and careers.In a communication with UA Government Relations, Sen. Lisa Murkowski praised the efforts of principal investigator Sarah Gerken, professor of biology, and co-PI, Dayna Jean DeFeo, director of CAEPR, to explore new techniques and innovative teaching methods for delivering general biology education.
The three-year research project will identify elements of the recent redesign of UAA’s introductory biology for majors that support student success, and use those to inform the new curriculum. In addition, funding is provided to support UAA faculty participation in workshops to ensure the curriculum will be paired with best practice instructional strategies.

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