Author Archives: jchoigt

About jchoigt

I'm an Associate Professor in the School of Biology at Georgia Tech, and Faculty Coordinator of the Professional MS Bioinformatics degree program.

Genetics topics, videos and case studies

One of the first tasks for the genetics group at the Buffalo flipped case studies workshop was to agree upon a list of the essential and important genetics topics for an intro biology course, and then match the topics to … Continue reading

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Flipped case studies workshop at Buffalo, 2014

Kipp Herreid and Nancy Schiller at the University at Buffalo have established the premier collection of case studies for teaching science, at the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCST). The driving impetus is the belief, backed by … Continue reading

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Learning Catalytics and the Flipped Class

One of the greatest challenges for a teacher or instructor is to discern what students are actually learning and thinking. All teachers have the experience of expounding on a key topic, with wonderful images, diagrams, and examples, only to find … Continue reading

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The fallacy of evaluating “the flipped class”

In nearly 30 years of teaching, I can’t recall another teaching innovation that has aroused such interest and rapid adoption among college faculty as the “flipped” class. Somewhat belatedly, we are now seeing studies to test whether the flipped class … Continue reading

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Failure of further learning: the limits of repeated study and retrieval practice

When students encounter new information, either in a textbook or on Powerpoint slides, how much of it do they learn? How much are they able to recall over time? Do repeated study help students retain more, or learn more? Thanks … Continue reading

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How to stave off the MOOCpocalypse

College faculty are not yet an endangered species, but they are pressured as never before. Full-time tenure track faculty comprise a shrinking portion of faculty at all degree-granting institutions, and the majority of faculty have part-time, adjunct or contingent faculty … Continue reading

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Quantitative Reasoning – an example

I asked my intro biology students, working in groups to analyze parts of the Wolfe-Simon et al. 2011 arsenic life paper, to calculate how much bacterial growth the background level of phosphate would support: The basal culture medium contained 3 … Continue reading

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