Download Full Text (233 KB)
In a 200-level biology laboratory course, we developed learning objectives (LO) for each lab. We also developed practice activities that directly corresponded to each LO. Students earned participation credit through completing the practice activities. As students progressed through their lab work and felt ready, they would request that the lab instructor come check their progress towards mastering a particular LO. If students were successful with the practice, the instructor would mark completion for that LO on the students’ lab handout. If students were not successful, the instructor would provide feedback and recommend additional learning approaches. Since the purpose of the practice activities was to provide formative assessment, students were never penalized for mistakes. The LOs and associated practice tasks address the need for students to know what needs to be learned, to identify gaps or misconceptions in their knowledge, and to gauge their learning progress.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo 2019
Student egnagement; Learning objectives and associated practice activities; Student achievement
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Science and Mathematics Education
Utz, Jennifer C. and Hammond, Angela, "A Strategy to Increase Formative Assessment and Student Engagement during Labs" (2019). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 83.