Using anticipated learning outcomes for backward design of a molecular cell biology course-based undergraduate research experience
assessment, backward design, CURE, learning outcomes, molecular cell biology
Anticipated learning outcomes (LOs) were defined and used for the backward design of a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). These LOs reflect the inquiry-based nature of CUREs and capture key knowledge and skills inherent to scientific practice and essential in research. The LOs were used to plan a formative and summative assessment strategy to support and evaluate student achievement. A research question was identified that aligned with the learning goals of the course, provided an opportunity for discovery and iteration, and introduced a variety of molecular, cellular, and biochemical techniques. The course is offered to students in the final year of their degree and delivered over a 12-week period with two 3-hr labs each week. These LOs, and the rigorous assessment strategy used to support them, could be adapted to different projects. Likewise, the laboratory exercises are presented as a series of modules highlighting opportunities for adaptation to a variety of schedules.
Hills M, Harcombe K, and N Bernstein. (2020) Using anticipated learning outcomes for backward design of a molecular cell biology Course‐based Undergraduate Research Experience. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 48(4):311-319. https://doi.org/10.1002/bmb.21350
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