Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHSR/IRB)

PROPOSAL ID:2095
TITLE:EVALUATING TEACHING STRATEGIES AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF APPLIED LEARNING RESEARCH PROJECTS IN LOWER AND UPPER DIVISION BIOLOGY CLASSES
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:BARTA, CSENGELE
DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
816-271-4520
CBARTA1@MISSOURIWESTERN.EDU
OTHER INVESTIGATORS:
IRB SUMMARY: File Created: August 24, 2014
Department Chair Action Date: August 29, 2014
Current Status: Extension of Approval Granted
Action Date: August 29, 2014
Confidentiality Data are not linked to individuals

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The overall goal of this project is to assess the effectiveness of teaching strategies and novel developed applied learning modules on student skills in a variety of areas, including data analysis, reading primary literature, critical thinking, designing independent laboratory investigations, paper writing, reviewing and presentation skills. We have developed teaching strategies and specific assignments that involve the use of primary literature and analysis of data from published articles to improve student content learning, analysis, and critical thinking skills. Other new modules target specific reading-writing and presenting skills of students. We wish to assess the effectiveness of these assignments and teaching strategies in developing student skills in order to determine whether improvements can be made to teaching and assessment strategies, and to determine whether the developed methods and assignments used in the target classes are effective means of achieving our set goals for student learning.

STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

This project will involve students registered for several courses taught by the principle investigator, including BIO 420 ? Teaching practicum, BIO 450 ? Independent Research, BIO 407 ? Plant Morphology, BIO 340 ? Plant Physiology, HON 395 ? Honors Seminar and BIO 106 ? Principles of Cell Biology. The estimated enrollment in these courses is a total of 150 students per academic year. The effectiveness of the teaching strategies, and of the novel developed lecture and laboratory modules will be assessed by multiple methods, as follows: ? by the collection of relevant demographic information, including their level of scientific preparedness, the number of prior biology classes taken, experiences in independent research, and experiences reading primary literature and presenting data. ? by the administration of pre- and post-class surveys in the relevant content areas, to evaluate their content knowledge and skills in the targeted area. ? student perception surveys (administered only at the end of the semester) and reflective student self-evaluations to evaluate their perception of the effectiveness of the used strategies. Students will submit the majority of their assessments and responses via the online free, confidential validated survey assisting system the, Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains (SALG, http://www.salgsite.org/). Using this online tool, students can submit their surveys confidentially, without the possibility for student information and identity being linked to specific survey responses. Other surveys and data collection tools will be administered in class. All data collected will be reported as aggregate class data, and students will not be individually identified. To allow matching of pre- and post-test data from the same individuals, students will be asked to enter specific self-selected confidential identifiers on the pre- and post-test forms. All information on the identity of individual students and their identifying information will be treated confidentially.

ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITS

This study does not pose any risk to students other than the minimal risk.

SUBJECT SELECTION

This project will involve all the students registered for the target classes listed above.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Student identifying information will be kept confidential. Paper based completed surveys, pre- and post-assessments, reflective essays will be stored in securely locked instructor cabinets in the instructor's offices. Surveys submitted via the SALG system will be reported to the instructor with no student identifiers. All data will be kept confidential. Any published data resulting from this study will not identify individual students but instead will report class statistics and aggregate data.

Extension Request on 08-29-2015

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE The overall goal of this project is to assess the effectiveness of teaching strategies and novel developed applied learning modules on student skills in a variety of areas, including data analysis, reading primary literature, critical thinking, designing independent laboratory investigations, paper writing, reviewing and presentation skills. We have developed teaching strategies and specific assignments that involve the use of primary literature and analysis of data from published articles to improve student content learning, analysis, and critical thinking skills. Other new modules target specific reading-writing and presenting skills of students. We wish to assess the effectiveness of these assignments and teaching strategies in developing student skills in order to determine whether improvements can be made to teaching and assessment strategies, and to determine whether the developed methods and assignments used in the target classes are effective means of achieving our set goals for student learning. STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGY This project will involve students registered for several courses/sections taught by the principle investigator, including BIO 420 - Teaching practicum, BIO 450 - Independent Research, BIO 407 - Plant Morphology, BIO 340 - Plant Physiology, HON 395 - Honors Seminar and BIO 106 - Principles of Cell Biology. The estimated enrollment in these courses is a total of 150 students per academic year. The effectiveness of the teaching strategies, and of the novel developed lecture and laboratory modules will be assessed by multiple methods, as follows: by the collection of relevant demographic information, including their level of scientific preparedness, the number of prior biology classes taken, experiences in independent research, and experiences reading primary literature and presenting data, by the administration of pre- and post-class surveys in the relevant content areas, to evaluate their content knowledge and skills in the targeted area, student perception surveys (administered only at the end of the semester) and reflective student self-evaluations to evaluate their perception of the effectiveness of the used strategies. Students will submit the majority of their assessments and responses either on a paper based system or via the online free, confidential validated survey assisting system the, Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains (SALG, http://www.salgsite.org/). Using this online tool, students can submit their surveys confidentially, without the possibility for student information and identity being linked to specific survey responses. Other surveys and data collection tools will be administered in class. All data collected will be reported as aggregate class data, and students will not be individually identified. To allow matching of pre- and post-test data from the same individuals, students will be asked to enter specific self-selected confidential identifiers on the pre- and post-test forms. All information on the identity of individual students and their identifying information will be treated confidentially. ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITS This study does not pose any risk to students other than the minimal risk. SUBJECT SELECTION This project will involve all the students registered for the target classes listed above. CONFIDENTIALITY Student identifying information will be kept confidential. Paper based completed surveys, pre- and post-assessments, reflective essays will be stored in securely locked instructor cabinets in the instructor's offices. Surveys submitted via the SALG system will be reported to the instructor with no student identifiers. All data will be kept confidential. Any published data resulting from this study will not identify individual students but instead will report class statistics and aggregate data.

Extension Request on 08-29-2016

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Extension Request on 08-29-2018

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