Flipped Classroom using Online Learning Modules & Quizzes in BIO121 (Molecular Cell Biology)
BIO121 (Molecular Cell Biology), an upper division course required for almost all biology majors, has suffered from a failure rate of 30-40% since its inception. This content dense, fast-paced course builds on foundational concepts, so students who fall behind early tend to stay behind. I plan to use online learning modules as pre-assignments to introduce foundational concepts (with text, figures and videos) in advance of lecture. Each module will include an online quiz with synthesis level questions to encourage active thinking about the module content, as well as to provide the students with immediate feedback. Online discussion boards associated with each module will be used to facilitate peer instruction.