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© 2007 by Julie A. Reynolds         For information about faculty workshops, please contact Julie.a.reynolds@duke.edu.

Undergraduate theses and other capstone research projects are increasingly becoming standard features of science curricula. As more students participate in research, however, departments may find that their approach to advising and assessing student work has become unmanageable.  To increase efficiency while maintaining high standards, departments may need to formalize what is often a loose and inconsistent process for both students and faculty.  To address this need, we created BioTAP, the Biology Thesis Assessment Protocol, a teaching and assessment tool.  BioTAP includes a rubric that articulates departmental expectations for the thesis, and a guide to the drafting-feedback-revision process that is modeled after the structure of professional scientific peer review.  

 

For a copy of BioTAP

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For a copy of the Biology 299 "Writing in Biology" syllabus and course schedule

click here

For additional guidelines on responding to student writing

click here


Below are a series of short videos describing best practices in working with thesis writers.  
 
Video 1: Overview of "Writing as Visible Thinking" and models for working with student writers (4:47 minutes)
Video 2: What is BioTAP? (4:50 minutes)
Video 3: BioTAP's rubrics (4:56 minutes)
Video 4: Research on the effectiveness of BioTAP (to be added soon)

VIDEO 1:  Writing as Visible Thinking

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Video 2: What is BioTAP?

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Video 3: BioTAP's rubrics

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