DOLCE - November 6, 2020
From Andy Jones
We had three speakers our November DOLCE: Dr. Dina Zhabinskaya,
Lecturer in the Department of Physics; Dr. James Carey, Distinguished
Professor of Entomology from the Department of Entomology and
Nematology; and Dr. Arnold J. Bloom, Distinguished Professor and John B.
Orr Endowed Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences.
Dr. Dina Zhabinskaya from the Physics Department introduced DOLCE attendees to the Physics 7, a one-year introductory and laboratory physics course intended for students majoring in the biological sciences. With the course structure’s emphasis on active learning, Dr. Zhabinskaya explained how the instructors and TA have maintained the focus on engagement and discovery. Dr. James Carey from the Department of Entomology and Nematology presented on “A bonus point gamification concept to incentivize subject mastery,” an approach that Professor Carey developed last summer to incentivize students to master several different technical skill sets or substantive areas covered in his courses. Finally, Dr. Arnold J. Bloom from the Department of Plant Sciences reflected on the connections between his hybrid and online teaching and years-long experiences finding a publisher for a multimedia textbook, emphasizing the importance of technology in the design of course materials in this day and age.