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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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What Do We Want Our Life Science Majors to Learn?
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 2:15 PM -3:15 PM
  Author: Guofen Yu, The University of Findlay
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  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The majority of students in my Introductory Physics Lecture course lack the interest in physics and the learning skills for science courses. Both my students and I struggled in the course when I first started teaching life science majors after years of teaching engineering students. Through this experience, I have come to realize that it is extremely important to set up appropriate overarching course goals (such as the skills I want students to develop) and make content objectives for each chapter to maximize life science applications. My pedagogical methods, topic selections, depth of discussions on each topic, class examples, homework assignments, and assessments are all built upon the course goals and chapter objectives. A list of my course goals and the pedagogical reforms in my course will be reported as part of this session. Data of students' performance and comments from online anonymous surveys over several semesters will also be presented.
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