In Biology 3191, during each class session, a series of structured questions provides a framework for the discussion of scientific articles that students read in preparation for each class meeting. These questions guide the class-wide and small-group discussions, and they often include notes directing the students to draw diagrams, annotate figures, and create visuals that aid their understanding of the research under discussion.
The instructors prepare the questions in advance, then use the SMART Board to record answers developed during the discussion. The students use the tablet PCs to record their answers. As they answer these questions, the students not only build conceptual knowledge about the research articles. They also learn a habit of questioning that they can apply when they reading and thinking about any published research article.