To determine if mandatory journaling helps students perform better on the first 3 unit exams.
Exam averages are around 70%, Students in BIO 205 should be scoring higher with averages closer to 75% IF they are going to be entering nursing programs where 85% is a B.
Students were required to journal through the first 3 units of exam material (total of 5 units in course).
We compared grades of the first 3 exams of previous semesters when students did not journal to the scores of the first 3 exams once journaling was mandated. The averages remained the same when comparing 3 semesters in which students did not journal to the last 3 semesters students were required to journal. Again, this was for the first 3 exams, the most crucial time for students since they need to come in strong and maintain their efforts.
Rethink what is requried for journal entries. There are many variables influencing students ability to journal successfully to increase comprehension of concepts.
Students struggle with mastering concepts in microbiology. Journaling is a method that is documented to help students learn science courses. We implemented journaling recently and wanted to see if there is any significant impact after 3 semesters of collecting data.
Spoiler alert - nope, at least with the way we are implementing journaling currently. We are regrouping and will restructure the directions to hopefully guide students to be more successful in their journaling.