Panelist Profile: Alex Graden


Junior, Biochemistry

Innovative Course(s) Name, Number of Students, and Short Description of the Course

CHEM 230, Organic Chemistry I, ~30, Characteristic alkane, alkene, alkyl halide, and alcohol compounds are discussed with reference to theories, nomenclature, principle reactions, preparations, and spectroscopy.

BIOL 208, Introduction to Molecular Genetics, ~ 35, Principles of molecular genetics with emphasis on molecular biology of DNA, RNA, and gene expression
HSK 366/366 Lab, Human Physiology Part B ~60 ,Emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, urinary, and GI systems

HSK 210/ 210 Lab, Human Anatomy, ~75  An introduction to the study of human structure


Type of Technology/Innovation Used in the Classroom

Apple pen/TV

Poll EV

Complete Anatomy Application

Anatomage Tables



Opportunities/Challenges Faced with the Technology/Innovation

Apple Pen/TV – Allowed for pre-lecture supplementive videos, Able to complete worksheets/ practice problems with students without making mess, create new problems on the spot, fails completely if forgot to charge the pen.

Poll Everywhere – Great for shy students who feel uncomfortable participating in front of peers, offer opportunities for self-assessment for both the instructor and students.  

Complete Anatomy Application – Very helpful application given to study the structure of the human body, Highlighting and description system allowed for productive study time   

Anatomage Tables – Provides unique anatomical situations to study, such as siamese twins, two headed cows, and multiple human cadavers. Very complex table that takes more than the one session provided in class to learn how to use effectively. Lose real life cadaver experience.   

EKG – Used in physiology lab to learn and diagnosis various heart conditions.  Very practical, but system cartridges used are old and do not work all of the time (expensive to replace however).


Response as a Student and Recommendations for Instructors

Technology will always have its pros and cons in the classroom.  It can carry a lot of potential for promoting student learning by providing easy access to unique scenarios or practice problems.  However, if overused, technology can take away from the actual learning experience of the student (dangers of ppt).