Episode 15 – Ellen Fanning on Undergraduate Journal Clubs
In this episode, we feature an interview with Ellen Fanning, professor of biological sciences. In the interview, Ellen describes her methods of helping undergraduate biology students learn to read scientific literature, develop scientific reasoning skills, and gain an interest in science that lasts beyond their coursework. Ellen uses a journal club format that she has adapted from the one typically used with graduate students and post-docs to help them explore current literature in the biological sciences.
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- Ellen Fanning’s lab home page
- Community of Scholarshome page
- CFT online resources on motivating students
Please take a minute or two to leave a comment here and share your thoughts about Undergraduate Journal Clubs. Vanderbilt instructors are also welcome to call the Center for Teaching at 615-322-7290 to arrange a meeting with a CFT teaching consultant. We’re glad to help you reflect on and explore the various choices you make as a teacher and to connect you with resources you’ll find useful as you design, implement, and assess learning experiences for your students.