Active-Learning Labs

CBS undergraduates studying in Biological Sciences Center Student Lounge

Active-learning labs empower students to participate fully in the scientific process

Innovation happens when you have a critical mass of faculty with a shared vision and a strong desire to collaborate. Nowhere is this truer than the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, which brings together researchers and educators dedicated to discovering the best ways to teach biology. The department is fundamentally reshaping how students learn biology here and around the world. We will create an endowed chair that will attract and retain a top faculty member, strengthening our leadership and cementing our standing in this important area of scholarship and practice.

Creating opportunities for students to ask and answer their own research questions is key to nurturing a passion for science. It’s what we do in our active learning classrooms, an approach pioneered by the college that is now the gold standard in biology education. Now, we’re bringing this approach out of the classroom and into the lab.

Your gift in support of biology education innovation will empower students to ask and answer their own original research questions. 

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"Active-learning labs pick up where active-learning classrooms leave off. They will facilitate greater interaction among students in the lab with flexible space to think and collaborate. The hard work is really done in the thinking space. Those spaces need to be integrated so it’s easy to move from idea to experiment."

–David Kirkpatrick, Interim Head, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning