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The Use of Current Events as Assessment Tools

    Author: Amy Miller1
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    Affiliations: 1: Biology Department, University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College, Cincinnati, OH 45236
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    • Published 19 May 2011
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Biology Department, University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236 USA. Phone: 513-936-7193. Fax: 513-936-7113. E-mail: Amy.miller@uc.edu.
    • Copyright © 2011, American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2011 vol. 12 no. 1 59-60. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v12i1.263
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    Abstract:

    An important student learning outcome for students in biology courses is the ability to apply the information attained to “real life” situations. Newspaper articles covering course-related material provide an avenue for students to see how the material discussed in the course relates to life outside of the course. Assessment of students’ understanding of the articles provides an opportunity to measure how well students are able to apply information to situations outside of traditional coursework.

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2. Bondos SE, Phillips D 2008 Team teaching a current events-based biology course for non-majors Biochem Mol Biol Educ 36 22 27 10.1002/bmb.20133 21591155 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bmb.20133
3. Miller AB 2010 The use of current events as an assessment tool in an allied health microbiology course [abstract] Presented at 17th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators 20–23 May, 2010 San Diego, CA J. Microbiol. Biol. Ed. 11:95
4. Mysliwiec TH, Shibley IS, Dunbar ME 2004 Using newspapers to facilitate learning: learning activities designed to include current events J Coll Sci Teach 33 24 28
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Abstract:

An important student learning outcome for students in biology courses is the ability to apply the information attained to “real life” situations. Newspaper articles covering course-related material provide an avenue for students to see how the material discussed in the course relates to life outside of the course. Assessment of students’ understanding of the articles provides an opportunity to measure how well students are able to apply information to situations outside of traditional coursework.

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Results for pre- and post-assessments. Sample factual question: “How is transmitted?” Sample application question: “Why would antibiotic therapy make a patient more susceptible to a infection?”

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2011 vol. 12 no. 1 59-60. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v12i1.263
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