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Nitin Jain

Dr. Nitin Jain: Teaching Difficult Concepts with Analogies

Dr. Nitin Jain, an associate professor in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Department, teaches a high enrollment undergraduate Biochemistry class, BCMB401. The students come to his class with different backgrounds, from departments in the biological sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Animal Sciences and Food Sciences.
Dr. Jain employs analogy-based instruction to facilitate learning of complex concepts in his course – by presenting analogies to students for analysis and discussion. With OIT assistance, Dr. Jain developed animated analogies that explain biological concepts or processes using the situations and objects familiar to the students. Students also get individual and group assignments in which they generate and discuss their own analogies, and the instructor uses clickers and other technology tools to assess student learning. Dr. Jain plans to grow the course collection of hand-drawn and digital analogies so that they can be utilized by the next generations of students in his class. Learn more from Dr. Jain himself in this OIT Faculty Spotlight.

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