Comment by Jean Maines: Greetings fellow pulsers. Quick question--do you know the approximate % of students who pass (a-c) freshman biology for science majors at your institution? Anyone know where to find this data nationally?Thanks for any help you can provide! Jean

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Jean, this IS an essential question! At my institution, my intro Bio class, "Introduction to Metabolism, Genes, and Development," used to have a C- or below fraction of ~35%. Since using a cinematic lecture/active learning (CLIC) model of flipping, this has improved to ~10%. Grades are determined by 7 10 point quizzes, 3 mid-term exams, and a final exam. Grades are curved, with class mean ~ B-, and standard deviation units used to establish grade ranges. The class means have increased, and the variance has decreased, with a pronounced diminishing of the bimodal distributions I used to get. It took a few semesters of developing active learning modules to accomplish this, and the process continues, but the results have been dramatic!

If you find national figures, could you post them here?





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