Mathematical manipulative models have had a long history of influence in biological research and in secondary school education, but they are frequently neglected in undergraduate biology education. Mathematical manipulative models help learners break through prior fears to develop an appreciation for how mathematical reasoning informs problem solving, inference, and precise communication in biology and enhance the diversity of quantitative biology education.
This group will share and implement hands-on (i.e. manipulative) activities that teach quantitative biology (e.g., disease modeling) using active-learning exercises. The activities can be adapted to any level from high school through graduate courses.
Two types of applicants were invited: Participants and Lurkers
Participants will implement some tried-and-true exercises in their own courses in Fall 2017, and then can choose to continue in Spring 2018 to develop and share their own exercises, using what they learned.
Lurkers will participate in FMN online meetings, and they will have access to all exercises and group materials. However, Lurkers are not necessarily expected to implement the exercises or create their own. This option is perfect for someone that wants to implement the exercises in a later semester.
Both types of members are welcome to work towards publishing these exercises.
Schedule for FMN