CITRAL, UC Santa Barbara Library, Room 1576

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Active learning courses typically increase interactions among students and between students and instructors -- but does that affect all students equally? This talk will focus on how the increased number of social interactions in active learning classrooms can have both positive and negative impacts on students. Additionally, it will address possible underlying mechanisms for inequities and highlight how mitigating these inequities can lead to a more diverse and inclusive scientific community.

Dr. Sara Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education. She uses qualitative and quantitative data to better understand how undergraduate biology students learn and how instructors can develop more effective ways to teach.

Sara's interests in undergraduate biology education are broad, but her current work focuses on three main avenues: 1) the impact of undergraduate research experiences on students, specifically students enrolled in course-based research experiences; 2) programmatic assessment for biology majors focusing on the core concepts of biology; and issues related to access and inclusion in undergraduate biology, specifically experiences of women, religious students, LGBTQ+ students, and transfer students.

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