Online instruction poses challenges including creating opportunities for student interactions. This discussion format combines real-world implications and classroom community building. Students explore instructor-provided information and then reflect on what they would like to learn by identifying search terms. Then students locate information related to the topic and write a post. Students comment on other’s posts to develop an understanding of other students’ interests. Student response has been overwhelmingly positive with survey results indicating an appreciation for “understanding other’s points of view” and “connecting…learning to actual research going on” and ratings showed increased interest and interaction with peers.
Case study teaching is a powerful to introduce students not only to teach concepts and content, but also critical thinking and problem solving skills. Cases bring content to life using examples and approaches that can interest students. Biochemistry students wrote short cases in groups to share with their classmates about protein structure function relationships utilizing a variety of models (diagrams and tactile models). This presentation with share the assignment details, student examples, lesson learned, and suggested ways that others could utilize this assignment. and Presented in the Innovative Assessment of Learning track.