Active learning movement gains momentum

Professor Susan Strome helps students in her genetics class understand genes and chromosomes using pipe cleaners and beads. (Photo by C. Lagattuta)Active learning activities in Strome’s classes include students performing skits to act out molecular interactions. (Photo courtesy of Susan Strome)Students work with molecular models in an introductory class in cellular and molecular biology. (Photo by C. Lagattuta)HHMI teaching fellow Ian Marcus (right) works with students in an introductory biology class. (Photo by C. Lagattuta) Students in Susan Strome’s genetics classes don’t just listen to her lecture. They work with pipe cleaners and beads as model chromosomes and sometimes even perform skits to act out molecular interactions. A growing number of UC Santa Cruz professors are changing the way they teach their classes, doing less lecturing and using more “active…

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