Researchers study visuals’ effect on learning
Two researchers are studying how visual literacy skills can be incorporated into their teaching.
Erika G. Offerdahl, associate professor for WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences, said visual literacy skills can be described as skills that help students learn how to develop visual representation skills. When students learn to make sense of the symbols around them, they use them to create new meaning.
Teaching science students visual literacy life skills
Students who study molecular biosciences can’t actually see what they are learning.
“We can never see with our eyes the things we study,” says Erika Offerdahl, a biochemist and associate professor in the WSU School of Molecular Biosciences. “It is hard to directly see beyond the subcellular level, so as students we learn through representation.”
Using National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results to Assess the Senior Experience (School of Molecular Biosciences)
Every two years, WSU participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to help assess student engagement in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development. In collaboration with Institutional Research, ATL disaggregated 2017 WSU NSSE results by major for undergraduate academic degree programs and colleges, focusing on responses from seniors, intended to provide information about the student perspective to help continually improve the learning experience for WSU undergraduates. Some programs also received disaggregated reports for 2014-15, as part of a pilot.
Assessment of Teaching and Learning
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WSU Professional Science Master’s Degree
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$2.2 million gift creates School of Molecular Biosciences graduate fellowships
A $2.2 million gift from the estate of Bernadine and James Seabrandt will create the Bernadine Fulfs Seabrandt Graduate Fellowship in Molecular Biosciences at Washington State University’s School of Molecular Biosciences.