Flipped Learning Receives Distinction at UM

Apr 03, 2015

Dr. Yunqiu (Daniel) Wang of the Biology Department has been selected to participate in a grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the grant is to investigate and develop materials for teaching case studies in General Biology using the flipped learning strategy. (Briefly, the flipped learning approach requires that students watch videos or perform readings before class in order to acquaint them with fundamental principles. Once students come to class, they apply these principles as they work through practice problems, exercises, games, or case studies to reinforce their learning.)

The grant falls under the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education and is dedicated to the study of teaching within the college setting. The grant will focus on developing and using videos specifically as the means of preparing students, as well an opportunity to develop new case studies.

Dr. Wang’s case study titled: The Holy Grail of Life, will fall within the scope of Chemistry of Life.  The main focus of the case study will be to identify the root of the tree of life and the chemical compounds life requires. Once completed, Dr. Wang’s developed material will be available at the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science(NCCSTS) website.

Dr. Wang will be presenting his flipped learning approach at the Annual Faculty Showcase next Friday, April 10th starting at 9:45am located at the Bank United Center.

Congratulations to Dr. Wang!