Flipped Classroom- Mating Game

As part of BI 337- General Ecology, I’m trying out a flipped classroom this semester. One “benefit” of COVID-19 and virtual/hybrid instruction, was the development of pre-recorded lectures which can support integration of flipped classroom techniques this semester now that we have returned to face to face instruction.

In BI 337, we started off this semester with some outdoor activities exploring populations, distribution, biotic/abiotic variables, and unitary/modular organisms next to the beautiful pond on campus.

We followed up the next class period back out by the pond to examine quadrats and mark recapture estimates of population size. The next week we headed back into the computer lab to work with data on calculating population size and identifying relationships between body size and reproductive output for understanding resources allocation (resources and summaries available by request).

For the mating systems chapter, I located “The Mating Game: A Classroom
Activity for Undergraduates That Explores the Evolutionary Basis of Sex Roles” by Moore et., al, 2012 from the American Biology Teacher. (https://online.ucpress.edu/abt/article/74/9/648/92552/The-Mating-Game-A-Classroom-Activity-for)

The description of the game and the supplementary resources they provide on Google Sites (https://sites.google.com/site/theclassroommatinggame) made this game a very easy project to take on during a 50 minute lecture period. I supplemented the resources they provided with a YouTube video on Mating Systems as a pre-assignment and some reflection questions on Canvas.

Here is a video of experience using the mating game in class:

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