Peggy Bruehl (right), instructor, and Aimee Bernard (below), senior instructor, Department of Integrative Biology, attended an intensive week-long National Science Foundation-supported professional development workshop at Hobart & William Smith College in Geneva, NY in mid-June.
The C.R.E.A.T.E. workshop is based on a new teaching approach that seeks to transform the learning environment of undergraduate science courses to model the creativity, complexity, and excitement of the scientific process. This teaching approach, called the C.R.E.A.T.E. (Consider, Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment) strategy, focuses on the directed reading of primary literature and incorporates numerous pedagogical tools designed to increase critical thinking skills and to instill a deep appreciation of the scientific process.
Additionally, Bernard was selected to be a full implementer for the 2013/2014 academic year by the creators of this teaching method and will move forward using this method in her BIOL4622/5622 Topics in Immunology course.