Instructors interested in student-centered active learning pedagogy can learn more from the University of Iowa's Center for Teaching and Student Instructional Technology Assistants.
The Center works to enhance faculty professional development and advocates for meaningful learning experiences in the context of disciplinary needs and with the implementation of pedagogies and technologies appropriate to student learning needs.
SITAs guide instructors through the project planning process, provide consulting on technology and instructional design issues, offer production assistance, and introduce other Instructional Services resources as needed. SITAs also offer departmental training sessions on instructional software.
Finding the Optimal Pairwise Sequence Alignment
• Given a set of sequences and a scoring framework, students will find the optimal global or local pair-wise alignment. • After working through the alignment of two DNA sequences using a simple three-part scoring system (in class), students will align a set of amino acids using a more complex scoring system in a follow-up homework assignment.
First Day Activity
This ungraded, informal assignment is designed for use on first day of class. By listing geologic and hydrologic factors relevant to construction projects, students will demonstrate the level of knowledge that students already or intuitively have about the subject matter for the course.
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