Modifying Upper Division Courses
The curriculum teams' goal will be to assure that all science and math majors have at least one required course that employs the
five pedagogical strategies we have described and that explicitly discusses the learning process. Examples of these how these
strategies can be used in upper-division courses include:
- Cooperative learning. Make laboratory and field projects a team effort instead of a competition for the best grade.
- Inquiry-and research. Have a portion of the course be a research project with significant student input in the design and
execution of the research. In some departments only honors students get this opportunity; all students should have a
- Incorporation of educational technology. Design software modules that students can use in self-paced study and
review and have students design modules for others.
- Appropriate assessment. Incorporate frequent, simple techniques that provide both faculty and students with
information on student learning.
- Teaching experience. Incorporate a requirement or an option that provides a teaching experience. (See examples
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