Discipline: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
- Lincoln University
Co-Author(s): Dariece Armstrong, Ria Dudley, Michael Hall - Biology Department, Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA; Kameron Hayden, Rumeel Jessamy, Haydar Teymourlouei - Computer Science Department, Lincoln University, Lincoln University, PA
We are developing an app for math application problems in biology. The app itself and the problems are being developed primarily by students with guidance from faculty. Student input occurs at every level through the use of student assistants and a student-based focus group of biology and biochemistry majors. Surveys from the last two years show that at least 60% of the students have already used an app of their own volition for a math or science class. Three-fourths of the students expressed interest in an app that focused on math application problems from their biology classes. The app itself is in an early stage of development, but students like the fact that it is designed to showcase Lincoln University while providing them with appropriate problems and useful feedback. The student assistants who assist faculty in developing the problems have proved invaluable in providing the faculty with insight into student thinking and understanding of typical problems we introduce in classes. The misunderstandings that occur are not always apparent in class. This has allowed faculty to provide tutorials that address these misconceptions and to frame the questions in the app in such a way as to discover whether the students are overcoming their misconceptions. This poster will focus on the problems that are chosen and student feedback on the problems themselves.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,