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A Lesson on Matter and Energy at the Organismal Scale: Linking Patterns and Processes Across Diverse Taxa
Pathways and transformations of energy and matter (PTEM) are a conceptually challenging but essential component of biological literacy. Curricular gaps about PTEM nevertheless remain; although lessons targeting PTEM at small scales (chemical,...
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Modeling Strep Throat Detection, Infection, and Spread Using an SIR Model and the Vensim Simulation Software
The overarching goal of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience making and using biological models. Biological modeling can be used to investigate complex, real-world problems so that predictions can be made about...
infectious disease biological modeling SIR model
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Using the Cell Engineer/Detective Approach to Explore Cell Structure and Function
As instructors of introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors, we have struggled with teaching the concept of cell structure and function in an engaging way.  However, this is a foundational concept that most biology instructors...
cell function Cell Structure Cellular diversity Dynamic cellular function Organelle function
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Online Adaptation of the Cell Engineer/Detective Lesson
One of the most fundamental themes of biology is the relationship between structure and function, which is particularly evident when it comes to cells; however, the traditional cartoon depictions of cells that are often used to help teach the...
cell function Cell Structure Organelles
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Using Images of Foraging Leaf-Cutter Ants to Teach Linear Regression
This lesson offers students a realistic, open-inquiry research experience, even when lab or field research is not possible. We first introduce students to leaf-cutter ants and how they forage. Then we provide images and videos of foraging...
linear regression experimental design Plant-insect interactions Symbiosis Foraging behavior
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The Comics Project: Synthesizing and Communicating Science with Comics
Students, especially non-science majors, often see science as abstracted from their daily lives. Moreover, students often struggle to translate scientific concepts into everyday language in order to communicate to their communities what they have...
communicating science Science & Society comics
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What is Speciation, How Does It Occur, and Why Is It Important for Conservation?
Speciation provides a framework for classifying biodiversity on Earth and is a central concept in evolutionary biology. To help undergraduate students learn about speciation, we designed a student-centered lesson that uses active-learning...
Evolution conservation Genetic Drift Speciation Natural Selection Biological species concept gene flow Morphological species concept Phylogenetic species concept
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Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs) to Help Students Learn Genetics Concepts
Many video resources exist to teach Mendelian genetics, but most consist of passive delivery of information rather than active construction of knowledge by users. We have created two interactive video vignettes (IVVs) that can be used together or...
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My Dog IS My Homework: Exploring Canine Genetics to Understand Genotype-Phenotype Relationships
To facilitate understanding of the fundamental genetic concept of the genotype-phenotype relationship in our introductory biology students, we designed an engaging multi-week series of related lessons about canine genetics in which students...
gel electrophoresis sequence analysis canine genetics deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) dog coat morphology genotype and phenotype mutations Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
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Exploring the Broader Impacts of Science and Society in an Active Learning Environment
Science and society have always been intertwined. Today, scientists are increasingly encouraged to interact with the public by conducting transparent and participatory engaged scholarship, as opposed to the prevailing one-way transfer of...
active learning society Science Communication science Broader impacts Public engagement
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Green Design: How do Leaf Structures Optimize Photosynthesis and Promote Survival?
One of the major learning objectives established by the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Botanical Society of America has students answer the question: How do plant structures enable life functions? This lesson helps students answer...
photosynthesis epidermal layer leaf anatomy mesophyll palisade parenchyma plant anatomy plant structure function spongy parenchyma Stomata
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Building student literacy and metacognition through reading science in the news
Ensuring students' science literacy is essential for preparation for study in science disciplines and is of critical importance given contemporary challenges in determining the legitimacy and accuracy of science in popular media. This lesson...
metacognition Stem cells science literacy cloning genetically modified organisms human genetic disease science news
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Tying it All Together: An Activity to Help Students Connect Course Experiences to Posted Learning Outcomes
Instructors of undergraduate courses in Biology and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines face an ongoing challenge to foster higher-order thinking and learning skills while also developing a sound conceptual...
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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question. Much of the recent trend in society against vaccination is that the general population does not understand 1) how vaccines work and 2) how one's vaccination status can influence others....
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Structuring Courses for Equity
As instructors, we continually look for new ways to create equitable learning environments and support learning for all students in our courses. Recently, we have explored ways that we can increase structure to better support students. We have...
Equity metacognition inclusivity course structure