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.

Assessing the flipped classroom

At Pearson’s 10th Biology Leadership Conference, I’ve been amazed and impressed by how many instructors have either flipped their intro biology class, or are seriously contemplating it. There was so much interest that over 30 instructors voluntarily gave up one hour … Continue reading

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Veronica Yan: More on Learning and Desirable Difficulties

Veronica Yan, a PhD student in the Bjork cognitive psychology lab at UCLA, gave a talk tonight at Pearson’s Mastering Leadership Conference about different study practices and student learning. I heard Robert Bjork talk about “desirable difficulties” a couple of … Continue reading

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Flipping a large Intro Bio class – round 2

After reviewing results and student responses to my first iteration of flipping my large Intro Biological Principles class last fall, I made a few revisions for this go-round. The #1 student complaint from last fall was that watching the 30+ … Continue reading

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What might geology be telling us about the fossil record?

One of the themes of our evolution module is that the geosphere and biosphere co-evolved throughout Earth history. Evolution of life profoundly affected the geochemistry of the planet, and changing geological conditions in turn repeatedly stirred the pot of evolution. … Continue reading

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An idea for an untextbook for intro biology

Having reviewed significant parts of both standard textbooks and the recent on-line texts by Nature and OpenStax, I’m convinced that we need a radical departure. I call it the “untextbook”. I even have a title: An Evolutionary Framework for Biology. … Continue reading

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