Teaching and engaging Gen Z: Two sides of the same coin
I received a text message on January 1, 2020. The text said, “Happy New Year Dr. R, can’t wait to see you and take your Biochemistry class!”
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Since then, no such message has come through. A lot has happened in the meantime. Our world has been changed by many things since that new year, not the least of which has been the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gen Z has been affected significantly by the pandemic. Gen Z is more racially and ethnically diverse than all the previous generations and is more likely to go to college, and their tech-savvy knows no bounds.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's Education and Professional Development Committee and Student Chapters Committee will present a symposium at Discover BMB with the overarching theme of “Teaching and Engaging Gen Z.” One session will focus on curriculum and assessment, with the lens turned on equitable and engaging practices. Another will look at the challenges and opportunities presented by the emergence of artificial intelligence in the classroom. The third will address challenges and best practices for running research programs primarily with undergraduate students.
Craig Streu, a professor of biochemistry at Albion College, and Nancy Rice, a professor and chair of the biomedical sciences department at the University of South Alabama, are co-organizers of this session.
Keywords: Artificial intelligence, assessment, education, inclusive teaching, research with undergraduates, time management, professional development, mentoring.
Who should attend: Faculty, postdoctoral trainees, undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and those interested in the ethics of AI.
This session is powered by Gen Z.
Education and professional development
Challenges and best practices: Running a research program primarily with undergraduate students
Chair: Saumya Ramanathan
Danae Schulz, Harvey Mudd College
Craig Streu, Albion College
Sharifa Love—Rutledge, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Alberto Rascon, Arizona State University
AI in the classroom: disruptor or enhancer?
Chair: Craig Streu
Susan Holechek, Arizona State University
John Nash, University of Kentucky
Emily Ruff, Winona State University
Assessment and curricular practices: Teaching and engaging with Gen Z
Chair: Nancy Rice
Angela Johnson, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Orla Hart, Purdue University
Amy Chasteen, University of Southern Mississippi
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