Experiential learning increases undergraduate student success. Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are a form of experiential learning in which a course becomes research intensive, such that students participate in discipline-specific research in a classroom setting. While some evidence suggests that CUREs promote student learning, additional research is needed to fully understand the effectiveness of CUREs in biology courses. Here, I describe a CURE in a non-majors biology course in which students conducted a semester-long study at the Tennessee Aquarium to quantify flashlight fish behavior. In this presentation, I provide details of how students engaged in all aspects of the scientific method.
Experiential Learning, Course Design, Research Experience
Define course-based research experience.
Describe an example of a course-based research experience in a biology course.
Explain how a course-based research experience can improve student success in a non-majors science course.
Hear it from the author:
Bangera, G., & Brownell, S. E. (2014). Course-based undergraduate research experiences can make scientific research more inclusive. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 13(4), 602–606. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.14-06-0099
Brownell, S. E., & Kloser, M. J. (2015). Toward a conceptual framework for measuring the effectiveness of course-based undergraduate research experiences in undergraduate biology. Studies in Higher Education, 40(3), 525–544. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2015.1004234
Dolan, E. L. (2016). Course-based undergraduate research experiences: Current knowledge and future directions. Natl Res Counc Comm Pap, 1, 1–34.