II. Ways to Fulfill Those Promises (formerly known as requirements and assignments)


How Will You Fulfill These Promises?

To realize these promises you must take responsibility for your own learning and participate as an active learner. The best way to learn what scientists do is to spend some time with one. We have arranged for each student to spend at least eight hours with a research scientist. That person will tutor you in the ways of science, explaining their project to you and helping you understand d the process of science. At the end of your experience in the tutoring program, you will write a five page paper about your experience. This paper will help you get more out of the experience and it will help us evaluate your learning, providing you with more accurate feedback. During class lectures, we will provide you with more explicit information on how to write this paper. During class, we will also provide you with lectures on key concepts and information that will also help you learn.

Reading, Writing, and Thinking in the Course

To take charge of your own education, you must be willing to read. We will provide you with some reading material that you will read, analyze, and think about between each class. We will distribute this material to you electronically [Details about how they will get it]

You will also pursue a topic of special interest to you and write a paper about that topic. The writing of the paper will help you refine your thinking and understanding. If you do not learn to communicate in words, you cannot formulate fully developed thoughts and will, instead, live by the vague impressions and emotions that often substitute for ideas.

By the end of the course, you should be able to {brief list or description of the major learning objectives stated in terms of what the students will be able to do intellectually, physically, or emotionally. It could also include some habits of the heart or mind that students are likely to develop}

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 See Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do.  Harvard University Press.  Cambridge, MA:  2004, for additional ideas and approaches