Evolution, Natural Selection and Speciation
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This page first made public: Jan 16, 2007
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In this out of class tutorial, students explore several examples of natural selection and speciation. Each example contains interactive simulations that force students to apply concepts to solve problems. Additional questions give students formative assessment and allow the students to see if they need to repeat any units.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Click to view MERLOT descriptions of Natural Selection and Speciation resources.
Teaching Notes and Tips
Summative short answer questions are integrated into the exercise, and can be used by students to identify key concepts in the tutorial. They can als be turned into the instructor and used for formal short answer assessment of student understanding.
Multiple choice quizzes are also attached which could be used by students for review, as a quiz, or integrated into an exam.
References and Resources
MERLOT description of the "Natural Selection" resource that is used in this activity.
MERLOT description of the "Speciation" resource that is used in this activity.
The two exercises are based upon web-based tutorials developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.