Personalizing the Student Learning in a Large Freshman Biology Class

Wednesday, March 29 | 2:15PM–3:05PM | Room 554
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Standard Presentation
To address the need to improve student learning in a large Biology 101 course, the professor and e-learning support team turned to creative pedagogical approach and innovative learning technologies. The latest interventions included a deployment of BioBeyond adaptive courseware, curriculum revision based on OpenStax, replacement of i>clickers with the Echo360 Active Learning Platform, and implementation of peer-to-peer instruction. We will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of active learning pedagogies and their impact on student learning outcomes, as well as how these interventions made the course free of any additional charges while keeping a high standard for delivery of concepts in an adaptive manner.

Outcomes: Learn how to implement multimodal instruction in general education courses with large student enrollments at your institution * Explore lessons learned from early implementations of BioBeyond * Understand both potential savings and costs associated with use of adaptive courseware, OER materials, and Echo360 ALP


  • Tara Ashok

  • Mish McIntyre

    Instructional Designer, Community College of Rhode Island
  • Irene Yukhananov

    Digital Initiatives Lead, University of Massachusetts Boston