Dr. Paul Craig (Chemistry) is interested in the development and analysis of laboratory simulation software for biochemistry. Craig and research team have developed a number of simulations and are investigating their impact on student learning. The research questions that frame this work focus on investigating the nature of interactions students have with the software and with each other during simulations.
Dr. Tina Collison (Chemistry) is reinventing organic chemistry lab instruction by developing studio lab modules based on evidence of how students learn. Data is currently being collected at several institutions with varying characteristics (large/small, public/private, 2-year/4-year) in order to evaluate efficacy and transferability. Dr. Collison and team are investigating how students learn from the reformed laboratory modules.
Dr. Kate Wright (Biology) and Dr. Dina Newman (Biology) are investigating how bringing physical models of biomolecules into biology classrooms improve conceptual understanding of structure-function relationships that drive biological phenomena. Preliminary work has suggested that physical, interactive models of genetic information flow help promote conceptual change in biology students. Wright and Newmanare also investigating how modeling activities may impact biology knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and the connection between conceptual understanding and choice of ASL sign.