The underlying theme of my research interests is to increase student self-regulated learning and motivation to learn and communicate science. This may mean providing context and increasing the accessibility of microbiology to both majors and non-majors. This may also mean using proven techniques to increase student engagement (game-based design). These projects are designed to be both evidence-based and evidence-generating. One way to generate evidence of learning is to develop the tools needed to clearly assess student learning outcomes. Concept inventories are each a set validated multiple choice questions that can be used by faculty nationwide to determine how well students understand foundational concepts. The ability to communicate scientific findings to many different audiences (public to peers) is crucial both to student professional success and the ability of the voting populace to make informed decisions regarding science-heavy topics, such as vaccinations, GMO food labeling and universal vaccinations.
Area of Expertise:
Self Regulated Learning
First Year Experience in Sciences
Ph.D, Iowa State University, 1997
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1993
B.A, Wartburg College, 1991