June 16, 2011
William Heyborne, assistant professor of biology at Morningside College, co-wrote an article with two off-campus colleagues that has been published in the May/June issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching.
The article, “A Comparison of Two Forms of Assessment in an Introductory Biology Laboratory Course,” examines the replacement of free-response exam questions with multiple-choice exams in the laboratory portion of an introductory-level college biology course. It provides evidence that student performance differs depending on the format of exams, and states that substituting one question type with another may have profound implications with regard to student performance and learning.
Heyborne joined the Morningside faculty in 2007. He has a doctorate in biological education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He was one of three Morningside faculty members to receive a 2010 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award.