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Innovation in the Classroom: Moving toward Equity and Improving Student Skills

Dr. Amanda Schivell
University of Washington, Seattle | Department of Biology
Seminar date:
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:00
HCK 132

For two decades, I created new courses, developed new teaching strategies, and mentored
junior faculty and postdocs while teaching a wide range of Biology courses. Then in 2020 the
pandemic and stark racial injustices forced us to make drastic changes in how we teach, and to
rethink how we address students’ experiences of our coursework. I will describe how the
pandemic has been an opportunity for me to improve student experience and growth in my
courses: getting rid of high stakes exams where I can, creating student-centered policies and
incorporating a stronger focus on skills necessary for a successful career while still enjoying the
wonders of the living world.

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