Site Guide: Resources for Biologists
Biocomplexity in the Geosciences - This site contains a variety of resources for faculty members who teach undergraduate courses related to biocomplexity, including biological, geological, chemical, physical and human systems. You will find links to activities and assignments, internet and computer resources, publications, presentations from the 2003 workshop on Teaching Biocomplexity in the Geosciences, a group email list, and lots of creative ideas for teaching biocomplexity in your own classroom.
CISMI Interdisciplinary Resources - This site offers case studies and a variety of teaching and curriculum development materials for multiple topics in biology, including neuroscience, bioinformatics, interdisciplinary biology, and environmental science.
Earth Exploration Toolbook Biology Chapters - These chapters use data and quantitative skills in presenting topics including wetlands, phytoplankton blooms, and carbon cycles to students.
Exploring Genomics Data The Genomics Explorers provide web-based interfaces that support student guided inquiry into the genomics of two organisms: Chamaecrista fasciculata and Aiptasia. They provide an iterative way for students to choose strategies for asking and addressing biologically interesting questions using a range of genomics tools.
Faculty-coached, In-class Problem Solving - In this class format, students work collaboratively to solve problems, while professors provide a structured, guided context. Each class is designed specifically to support students as they apply and synthesize new concepts they are learning; faculty introduce new concepts and play an active role interacting with each group of students as they work on problems. This module contains example activities from an introductory biology course.
Geology and Human Health - This site contains a variety of educational and supporting materials for faculty teaching in the emerging field of geology and human health. You will find links to internet resources, books, teaching activities, and a group email list,as well asposters, presentations and discussions from the spring 2004 workshop on Geology and Human Health. These resources reflect the contributions of faculty members from across the country and the collections will continue to grow as materials are developed.
Merlot Biology Pedagogic Resources - The Merlot project provides information about a variety of pedagogies that help integrate web-based assignments and activities into undergraduate entry-level biology courses. Each section describes a teaching method, why/when it is useful, how it can be implemented, and a set of biology assignments and activities that can be used in your class.
Microbial Life Educational Resources (MLER) - This site offers a rich set of teaching activities, information resources, and visualizations for a wide range of topics in microbiology, from Yellowstone viruses and extremophiles to red tide and the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.
Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century - This site is devoted to a variety of resources for faculty members who teach undergraduate paleontology. We have provided links to a growing collection ofactivities and assignments, internet and computer resources, presentations from the summer 2009 workshop on teaching paleontology, and lots of creative ideas for teaching paleontology.
SENCER Biology Resources - This site lists a number of models, essays, andcampus reports for biology and social issues, such as information about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, nanotechnology, genomics, and biodiversity. The resources are searchable and can be further narrowed by topic and resource type.
Teaching Big Science at Small Colleges: a Genomics Collaboration - Barnard, Carleton, Vassar and Williams Colleges have been awarded a three-year grant from the Teagle Foundation to advance genomic curricula within liberal arts colleges - this site is home to the products of this collaboration, which includes curriculum development products and activities.
Curriculum for the Bioregion - This is a network of educators in Washington State who are integrating sustainability and place-based content in a broad array of undergraduate courses. The site hosts collections of teaching activities, course descriptions, and essays with approaches to curriculum integration and engaging pedagogies for both classroom- and community-based learning.
The InTeGrate Project - This project takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Earth in the context of sustainability. It includes resources on Teaching about Food as well as teaching modules including Sustainable Agriculture, Soils, Systems and Society, and Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resouces, among others.
Teaching ActivitiesInquiry-based Integrated Instructional Units - This site hosts examples of inquiry-based activities related to the field of genomics. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to develop a set of I3Us that can be used across the curriculum, from non-majors courses through upper-level electives, that can be widely adapted for use by other colleges and universities.
MLER Resources for K-12 Students and Teachers - This site hosts a collection of teaching activities andwebquests suitable for high school or undergraduate courses in microbiology and ecology.
MLER Resources for Undergraduates - This collection of activities, laboratory exercises, andwebquests is suitable for undergraduate courses in general biology and microbiology.
Teaching about Food - From the InTeGrate project, every student has a personal connection with food. Effective pedagogy will expand their thinking beyond their own "face value" experiences and consider the food supply from broader perspectives such as society, economics, environment and resource use. Explore themes and strategies for integrating food topics in the classroom and gain ideas from these teaching materials.
Neotoma - This project offers an online hub for data, research, education, and discussion about paleoenvironments. The database is designed to make it easier for community members to discover, explore, and share datasets that illustrate paleoenvironmental conditions. It includes a collection of teaching activities.
Related Site Guides
Evolution - This Site Guide will show you where to find teaching resources about evolution across the sites accessible through SERC.
Red Tide, Harmful Algal Blooms, and Dead Zones site guide. This site guide provides links to pages that include information about harmful algal blooms, including red tide and those related to dead zones as well as a collection images and links to further information.
Climate change site guide. This site guide provides datasets, tools, visualizations, and teaching activities related to climate change.
Sustainability Site Guide - This site guide provides access to resources for teaching sustainability concepts across a wide range of disciplines and courses.
Oceanography Site Guide - This site guide will show you where to find resources such as visualizations, activities, and pedagogical approaches for teaching concepts about oceanography.