At a Glance

Discipline

  • Biology

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Course

  • General Biology I

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Discussing
  • Solving problems
  • Reviewing & assessing peers
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Taking a quiz & test

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Clicker System
  • Microsoft Excel Software

Time

Brief segment of class period (< 20 mins)

Purpose

  • Application & practice

Overview

In this peer-instruction case study, students will learn about the dynamics of cytoskeleton through the shape-shfiting amoeba.

Students take the role of a cell biologist and are given a dataset with amoeba cell counts under multiple drug treatments that affect cell shape. They are then tasked to determine if there is a statistically significant difference between treatments. This case study uses the flipped classroom strategy in which students will prepare for the task by watching videos, reading and performing a quiz before entering the classroom. Assigned videos to watch: Read More +

In this peer-instruction case study, students will learn about the dynamics of cytoskeleton through the shape-shfiting amoeba.

Students take the role of a cell biologist and are given a dataset with amoeba cell counts under multiple drug treatments that affect cell shape. They are then tasked to determine if there is a statistically significant difference between treatments. This case study uses the flipped classroom strategy in which students will prepare for the task by watching videos, reading and performing a quiz before entering the classroom. Assigned videos to watch: A tour of the cell Tour of an animal cell. In the classroom, students are asked to produce a graph that best represents the data and to chose an appropriate statistical to analyze the data. Following that, they are asked to provide conclusions about the role of cytoskeleton in Amoeba.

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Instructional Objectives

  • To learn about cytoskeleton dynamics;
  • To appreciate how we analyze, interpret and present data in a meaningful way.

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

Cytoskeletal Proteins in Amoeba

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Concepts & Learning Outcomes

Teacher Instructions

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Cytoskeletal Proteins in Amoeba

Worksheet

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Contributor's Notes

Edward Awad
Edward Awad

Vanier College, Montreal, QC

Benefits

  • The case study presents students with a simple drug-to-phenotype experimental scenario that is often seen in research. Students learn how to plot data, to analyze it and to infer conclusion from it.

Challenges

  • The students tend to have difficulty with excel and producing a meaningful and properly labelled graph on excel;
  • They also tend to choose the wrong statistical test.

Tips

  • Students require lots of guidance and help reading the data, analyzing it, and plotting it using excel.

Applied Strategies

  1. 1
    Case Studies
  2. 2
    Just in Time Teaching (JiTT)
  3. 3
    Flipped Classroom
  4. 4
    Peer Instruction

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