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Sample Problem Based Learning Lesson Plan (STEM)

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Sample lesson plan for an upper division chemistry course.

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Sample Problem Based Learning Lesson Plan (STEM)

  1. 1. Spring 2015: CHEM 4530 LessonPlanbyChapel Cowden CHEM 4530-Proteins & Nucleic Acids: Problem-Based Learning Library Instruction (classroom) Learning Outcomes Studentswill be able to: 1. Explainthe multidisciplinarynature of researchinordertodevelopaholisticperspective of scientificresearch. 2. Identifyandassessevidencefrombothfamiliarandunfamiliardisciplinesinordertosupport multidisciplinaryresearchefforts. 3. Criticallyreflectupontheirownresearchprocessesinordertotranslate skillsandknowledge intonewenvironmentssuchasfuture projectsandcareers. Pre-class Materials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2d7y_r65HU YouTube videoonLiterature ReviewsfromNCSU Introduction/Class Layout To be coveredinthissession:  Outcomes(givenwithstudent-centeredlanguage)  Interdisciplinaryresearch  Locatingseminal research  Activity  Homework:Labreport Interdisciplinary Research What isyour major? Butyou are takingan advancedChemistrycourse—why? Interdisciplinarynature of research! E.g.Your work as a doctor or researcherwill be informedbyprinciplesof biology, chemistry,psychology,sociology,etc. Thisisinterdisciplinarypractice. We are goingto shiftawayfrom exploringspecificdatabasesandtalkmore holisticallyaboutresearchas an interdisciplinaryprocess. From the NSF:“NSFhas longrecognizedthe value of interdisciplinaryresearchinpushingfieldsforward and acceleratingscientificdiscovery.Importantresearchideasoftentranscendthe scope of asingle disciplineorprogram. NSFalsounderstandsthatthe integration of researchandeducationthrough
  2. 2. Spring 2015: CHEM 4530 LessonPlanbyChapel Cowden interdisciplinarytrainingpreparesaworkforce thatundertakesscientificchallengesininnovative ways. Thus,NSFgiveshighprioritytopromotinginterdisciplinaryresearchandsupportsitthrougha numberof specificsolicitations.”(accessedhere) Which discipline? So mytopic is Batteries as alternative energysource,whichdisciplinesmightbe interestedinthistopic? Literature Reviews & Locating Seminal Research You shouldhave all watchedthe videobythis point,sowe will notbe coveringwhatalitreview isin classtoday. Animportantpart of creatinga litreview howeverisinfindingimportant(akaseminal) researchina givenfield. Locatingthisresearchisanintrinsiccomponentof all scientific research. You mustbe able tojustifythe researchyouwantto undertake byidentifyingthe gapsinthe literature. MARTINI GLASS to illustrate structure of litrev. Subject Guides Web of Science Review (if needed) What it isand whatit does Student-leddemo Topic: Batteries as alternative energysource Findingseminalresearchusingcitationanalysistools (theyshouldhave alreadydone this) Relatable Skills So,you aren’tat UTC anymore…canyoustill findseminal research? How? (Notas easy,butGoogle Scholarcan help.) In-Class Activity Place studentsingroups of 2-3 (labpartners). Emphasize thatthese are REAL WORLD PROBLEMS! Preface:All ofthese questionsare INTENTIONALLY broad and vague.It isup to you to turn the larger questioninto somethingmanageable.Considerthe questionof“How do we addressclimate change?” Obviously,we needto break that down into many, many manageable sub-questionsbefore we can everattempt to addressit. The same istrue of most problems/challengesyouwill encounterinthe real world. Problem 1 What isthe effectof mountaintopremoval onstreamsandotherreceivingbodiesof water? Problem 2 Do antioxidantshave anyeffectuponcancer? (Youmay focusupona single cancerordiscusseffectsin general.)
  3. 3. Spring 2015: CHEM 4530 LessonPlanbyChapel Cowden Problem 3 Do skinpeptidesprovide anydefenseagainstchytridiomycosisinamphibians? Problem 4 Do pharmaceuticalsdispersedintoourwaterwaysposeanecological threat? If so,elaborate onthose threats. Problem 5 Is there anassociationbetween environmentalexposure toarsenicandthe developmentof diabetes mellitus? Problem 6 What environmental stressorsare responsibleforcoral bleachingandmortality andwhatcan we do,if anything,tomitigate thisdamage?Isthere adirectcorrelationbetweenclimate change andcoral bleaching? Problem 7 What methodsare currentlyusedtocontrol the invasive species,kudzu(Puerariamontana)?Doanyof the methodspose deleteriouseffectstohumans? Brainstorming (5-10Min) Studentswill be allowedacertainamountof time toevaluate theirproblemsandcreate a research strategy. Nocomputersare allowedduringthistime. Searching (30 min) Studentswill beginsearching. Theymayuse anydatabase or search engine,but ultimately(before turningintheirreports) mustfind4 peer-reviewedsources. Instructorswill circulate after15minutes& answerquestions. Share Answers/Processes (4-5minutes per group) Groups will give briefpresentationsof theirproblemsandhow theywentaboutfinding answers/evidence. Emphasize thatthe process(notsomuchthe answerinthiscase) isthe important part. Questionstoconsider: 1. What was yourstrategy for answeringyourquestion? 2. Where didyoulook? 3. What termsdidyou search(make a chart)? 4. How didyouevaluate the results? (Credibility)
  4. 4. Spring 2015: CHEM 4530 LessonPlanbyChapel Cowden 5. What questionsremainafteryoursearch? 6. REMEMBER: We wantto hear aboutyour process. How you conceptualizedthe questionand searchedforthe answerismore importantthanwhetheryoufoundthe answer. Post-Class Instructions As a group,youwill write alab report. 1. Followall usual requirementsconcerningfont,size,spacing,etc. 2. Thisassignmentisbaseduponthe workyoujustcompletedinthe librarysession. 3. The lab reportsectionsshouldbe asfollows: a. Introduction: Introduce yourtopic.What isyour topic? Why doesitmatter? b. Literature Review:Thiswouldnormallybe partof the introduction,butyouwill separate itout forthisassignment. Thiswill basicallybe asummaryof the evidence your groupdiscoveredthathelpstoanswerthe question. Inotherwords,whatdoes the literature sayaboutyourquestion?(Thissectionshouldbe about1page inlength.) c. Methods:In thissection,discussall aspectsof yourresearchprocess. Include where yousearchedforinformation&whyyou chose those places,whichkeywordsyouused, howyou modifiedyoursearchwhennecessary,how manyresultsyoufound,whyyou selectedthe studiesthatyoudidandwhy those studieswere credible,etc. [Thissection will be weightedheaviestinthe gradingprocess.] d. Discussion:In thissection,restate the objectives anddiscusshow yourquestion& searchingwere interdisciplinary. Whatdisciplines(Environmental studies,engineering, etc.) mighthave a stake in the answertoyour question? Whatistheirstake? e. Conclusions: Wrap up yourreport. Didyoufindanswersor inconclusive evidence? Is there a researchgap? f. References: Use ACSstyle. You shouldhave atleast4 peer-reviewedsources. You musthave researchfrom more thanone discipline. Youmayuse no more than 2 credible internetsources(i.e..govor .edusites). Paperssubmittedinprevious semestershave hadanaverage of 7 sources. g. Full Instructions postedin UTC Learn UTC Learn Survey Studentswill be askedtocomplete asurvey(responsesare notidentifiedbystudent,butall students will be requiredtocompletethe survey). The surveywillprovidequantitativedataonthe activityand itsusefulness.

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