The Inspiration. In one of the courses I teach, students are required to select a topic from a list that I provide; and then determine what they would like to know about that topic. I assess them on how well they reached their learning goals. This has become a fun course for the students and for me. For the students it is not often that they have the opportunity to design a course around their own learning goals. For me each semester the course changes based on the students interests… and I have the opportunity to learn quite a bit.
Jomo W. Mutegi, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Science Education at the Indiana University School of Education in Indianapolis. He is also a member of the (ES)2 Research Program, which works to advance STEM curricula that position people of African descent to improve their current social condition. To learn more about the (ES)2 Research Program visit: www.ES2RP.org.