RiSE Colloquium, Monday, February 18 at 3:00 pm – Michelle Smith

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
University of Maine, Orono, Maine


Michelle Smith
Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Ecology
University of Maine

Identifying and Changing Persistent Conceptual Difficulties in Undergraduate Biology Courses

As biology faculty transform their courses to align with the recommendations in the NSF-AAAS report Vision and Change and other national calls to action, it is important that they use valid assessments to measure whether their changes are impacting student learning.  In this talk, I will discuss the development of one such assessment called the Genetics Concept Assessment and show how it has been used to document student conceptual difficulties and measure whether particular incorrect ideas are more likely to persist than other incorrect ideas. In addition, I will discuss the development of a new assessment called Bio-MAPS (Biology-Measuring Achievement and Progression in Science), which is designed to be administered at multiple points in the biology curriculum in order to monitor student progress and enable targeted curricular reform.


Monday, February 18, 2013
3:00 pm
Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium
Room 165, Engineering and Science Research Building

Refreshments will be served in the ESRB Lobby at 2:45 pm