At a Glance

Discipline

  • Biology

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Course

  • General Biology II

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Solving problems
  • Writing
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Clicker System
  • Interactive Whiteboard

Time

Single class period (< 90 mins)

Purpose

  • Preparation & knowledge activation
  • Application & practice

Overview

In this case study students will explore the components of cell signalling and gain a better understanding of receptors and how researchers build a model using acquired data. The study explores the cnidarian andregenic receptor (AR); a class of G-protein coupled receptors which bind adrenaline and cause a cell signal transduction cascade in the cell.

Instructors can use the flipped classroom strategy and provide the students with videos, assigned readings and a quiz before they enter the classroom. The instructor can also use just in time teaching (JITT) by using the quiz results to alter the in-class material.
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In this case study students will explore the components of cell signalling and gain a better understanding of receptors and how researchers build a model using acquired data. The study explores the cnidarian andregenic receptor (AR); a class of G-protein coupled receptors which bind adrenaline and cause a cell signal transduction cascade in the cell.

Instructors can use the flipped classroom strategy and provide the students with videos, assigned readings and a quiz before they enter the classroom. The instructor can also use just in time teaching (JITT) by using the quiz results to alter the in-class material.
Within the classroom the students are split into groups and complete an assignment on andregenic receptors. The assignment will be followed by some multiple choice clicker questions. The instructor can allow the students to re-take the clicker quiz as a group, allowing for peer instruction.
This case study also has an optional activity which utilizes a smart board. The optional assignment has the cellular components out of order allowing the students to place the components were they belong on the cell membrane.

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Instructional Objectives

  • To learn how cells communicate, and to understand the types of cell signalling that exists in a multi cellular organism;
  • Students will also learn about the types of molecules that can be ligands;
  • Lastly, students will understand the changes a cell undergoes after a cell signalling pathway has been triggered.

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

AR'e you talking to me? Mini case study in cell signalling

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Concepts & Learning Outcomes

Teacher Instructions

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Signal Transduction Components

Worksheet / Problem set

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Cell signaling & communication - Part 1 and 2

ConcepTest Questions

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Contributor's Notes

Edward Awad
Edward Awad

Vanier College, Montreal, QC

Benefits

  • This case study helps in re-inforcing what the students have learned about a G-protein coupled receptor;
  • They will also gain an understandong on how reserachers learn about a system based on data and are able to build a model.

Challenges

  • Students get overwhelmed when faced with the multiple choice clicker questions;
  • The students struggle with translating numbers/data into different components of a system.

Tips

  • The instructor should provide a lot of feedback and guidance during this activity since students have issue with translating the data into a model.

Applied Strategies

  1. 1
    Case Studies
  2. 2
    Just in Time Teaching (JiTT)
  3. 3
    Flipped Classroom
  4. 4
    Peer Instruction / Think-pair-share

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