Dianne L. Anderson
BIO 101: Human Biology & Bioethics
In my GE biology course for non-majors, BIO 101 Human Biology & Bioethics, I introduce the students to the concept of practices, or disciplines, that can contribute to development in five areas of their lives: student, Christian, healthy person, scientific thinker, global citizen.
As a professor, my job is to create opportunities for students to learn in a variety of ways. In terms of Christian practices, I chose to focus on Sabbath, silence, solitude, simplicity, and shared meals. Approximately every three weeks, I ask the students to spend 30 minutes of their Sabbath time in a quiet place, all alone, with their phone put away, and to reflect on a prompt related to the class (for example: how can they conserve resources as a global citizen, or how can they use their own healthy bodies to be the hands and feet of Jesus, etc.). They then submit on Canvas a 200+ word written reflection.
In addition to these reflections, I set up a series of meals (three dinners at our home and two lunches in the cafeteria) where students (up to 10 at a time) and I share a meal together.