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Singh, Santokh [1].

Introduction of Project-based Experiential Learning Methods in an Undergraduate Plant Physiology Laboratory.

In pursuit of improving undergraduate plant physiology laboratory education, I have transformed the traditional, recipe-based lab experiments into open-ended research project-based learning experience. Initially, students learn basic plant biology laboratory techniques while conducting small, supervised projects in the laboratory. It is followed by students developing their research proposal, designing their independent research projects, and conducting project experiments. I have included two examples of these independent projects. In one project, students have used Arabidopsis thaliana mutants impaired in cellulose synthesis (rsw1-1) and microtubule assembly dynamics (mor1-1) as tools to investigate root growth. In another project, students have used the Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain to introduce a gene specifying resistance to hygromycin B and a proteinase inhibitor gene (PIN) promoter fused to the b-glucuronidase (GUS) reporter gene to examine the developmentally regulated expression of the transgene in tobacco. Students submit three journal-style research papers including two short communications and one major research manuscript. In addition, each student gives a short research presentation based on (Three Minute Thesis or 3MT). The results of this project will be discussed.

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1 - University of British Columbia, Botany, #3529-6270 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada

Experiential learning
Project-based learning.

Presentation Type: Recent Topics Poster
Session: P
Location: Battelle South/Convention Center
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PRT032
Abstract ID:1326

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