BSc., MSc. Zoology, UBC
Since I started teaching as a Sessional Lecturer in 2005, I have taught the following courses:
Biology 204 - Vertebrate Structure and Function
Biology 205 - Comparative Invertebrate Zoology
Biology 361 - Physiology of Sensory, Nervous and Muscular Systems
Biology 140 - Laboratory Investigations in Life Science
Biology 240 - Experimental Design in the Life Sciences (Cell Biology Lab)
Currently, I teach Biology 205 and Biology 205. Some years I teach the lectures for these courses, some years I teach the labs, and some years I teach a combination of the two.
What skills should students develop and what content should they learn during their BSc in Biology? As a member of the Biology Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal team, I am investigating which skills faculty and students identify as important, and helping to assess whether our students have the opportunity to develop these skills during their time in the Biology Program.
I am interested in developing activities that will help students to learn biological concepts and to improve their explanation skills and problem solving skills, and in analyzing which learning tools are the most helpful in facilitating student learning. To this end, I have been involved in using concept inventories to probe student understanding and assess the effectiveness of learning activities.
Another of my pedagogical interests is analyzing the relationship between course learning outcomes and exam questions, with the goal of providing students with learning outcomes that clearly represent how they will be examined.