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Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices

I think you can order print copies of this from AAAS. 

Description here: http://www.aaas.org/news/new-aaas-resources-support-undergraduate-stem-education-reform

Download here: http://ccliconference.org/measuring-teaching-practices/

Much more focused on assessment.

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Screening snails for larval trematode infection

This is a laboratory activity focused on identifying first and second intermediate host infections by trematodes of pond snails. 

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Cercaria of Metagonomoides oregonensis

Darkfield image of M. oregonensis stained with Lugol's solution. Specimen from a snail sampled from a VA stream.

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An evolutionary constraint: Small size

This is an article that discusses how evolutionary constraints limit the size of arthropods.

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YAY PROTISTS!

This is a tool that is currently being developed by the working group. In this activity students will be given several interesting protists to research.  Then based on morphological characteristics students will create a hypothesis tree.  Then, students will be given a tree of their organisms based on genetic data.  They will then use Mesquite to map characters onto the tree they are given.

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Mesquite

From the developers, "Mesquite is modular, extendible software for evolutionary biology, designed to help biologists organize and analyze comparative data about organisms." Students can use Mesquite to build trees, plot characters onto trees, and explore ancestral state reconstructions.

Mesquite can be run directly on the Hub here, or downloaded from mesquiteproject.org.

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Natural Selection Concept Inventory

Anderson DL, Fisher KM, Norman JG. 2002. Development and validation of the conceptual inventory of natural selection. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 39: 952-978.

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Quick bites and quirky adaptations

Interesting news article about convergent evolution of trap jaws in ants. Includes slow motion videos of the ants using these jaws to propel themselves through the air as a defense mechanism.

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The evolution of flight in birds

This module examines evidence from the fossil record, behavior, biomechanics and cladistic analysis to interpret the sequence of events that led to flight in the dinosaur lineage. The module concentrates on the process of science - how we know what we know.

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Lizard Evolution Virtual Lab

The virtual lab includes four modules that investigate different concepts in evolutionary biology, including adaptation, convergent evolution, phylogenetic analysis, reproductive isolation, and speciation. Each module involves data collection, calculations, analysis and answering questions.

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As the Worm Turns - Case Study

At what point in evolutionary development does a group of individuals become two distinct species? This case addresses that fundamental question by asking students to decide whether apple maggot flies are distinct as a species from hawthorn maggot flies. In making their decision, students examine the different models of speciation and consider the primary forces that effect evolutionary change. Developed for an advanced undergraduate course in evolutionary biology, it would be appropriate for any biology course in which students are taught about the models of speciation. It could also be used in a general ecology course in which students consider the distribution and use of resources leading to niche specialization or in a genetics course if restrictions in gene flow are taught in the context of speciation.

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Understading Science -Asteroids and dinosaurs: Unexpected twists and an unfinished story

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Instructions for contributing to this collection

We encourage everyone to submit items for this collection.  Please use the table above to determine how to categorize and tag your item. 

In addition, please tag which learning outcome(s) your item addresses, and include the tag Speciation.

EXAMPLE: If you are posting a tool that addresses learning outcomes 1 & 2 you would include the following tags:   Tools, LO2.1, LO2.2, Speciation.

*Please use this format when tagging as it will make the collection easier to search.

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Introduction to extinctions and extinction bias

Students will be introduced to different factors that might affect extinction risk and will work with data on artiodactyls (even-toed, hoofed mammals, such as cows, sheep, deer, antelope, and giraffes) to investigate some of these hypotheses.

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Instructions for contributing to this collection

We encourage everyone to submit items for this collection.  Please use the table above to determine how to categorize and tag your item. 

In addition, please tag which learning outcome(s) your item addresses, and include the tag Biodiversity.

EXAMPLE: If you are posting a tool that addresses learning outcomes 2 & 3 you would include the following tags:   Tools, LO2.2, LO2.3, Biodiversity

*Please use this format when tagging as it will make the collection easier to search.

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Welcome to Tree of Life: Biodiversity

This is a place to contribute resources, tools, and assessments that address the following learning outcomes under the broad theme of biodiversity.

Students are able to:

LO3.1 Describe the molecular and structural unity of life

LO3.2 Explain the role of endosymbiosis and horizontal gene transfer in the origins of the major lineages.

LO3.3 Justify why biodiversity is important to humans.

LO3.4 Compare the general characteristics of major lineages in evolutionary history

LO3.5 Summarize the role of extinction in shaping patterns of biodiversity

This is part of the Tree of Life working group. Click here to read about our general goals and framework.

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Welcome to Tree of Life: Speciation

This is a place to contribute resources, tools, and assessments that address the following learning outcomes under the broad theme of speciation.

Students are able to:

LO2.1 Illustrate how divergence in phenotype may lead to reproductive isolation

LO2.2 Recognize that species are dynamic entities, and compare the theoretical and practical uses of multiple species concepts

LO2.3 Interpret visual representations of speciation events

This is part of the Tree of Life working group.  Click here to read about our general goals and framework.

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NetLogo - Bug Hunt

This is a natural/artificial selection model that shows the result of two competing forces on natural selection of the speed of prey. Which force dominates depends on the behavior of predators.

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Avida-Ed

Avida-ED is an award-winning educational application developed at Michigan State University for undergraduate biology courses to help students learn about evolution and scientific method by allowing them to design and perform experiments to test hypotheses about evolutionary mechanisms using evolving digital organisms.

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Creating Phylogenetic Trees from DNA Sequences

This Click and Learn explains how DNA sequences can be used to generate such trees, and how to interpret them.

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Evo-Ed Cases

A complete understanding of evolution requires knowledge that spans many biological sub-disciplines. However, students are often taught evolution in the context of ecological systems and isolated from genetic and cellular ones. To address this issue, we have developed case studies that track the evolution of traits from their origination in DNA mutation, to the production of different proteins, to the fixation of alternate macroscopic phenotypes in reproductively isolated populations.

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Stickleback Evolution Virtual

This virtual lab teaches skills of data collection and analysis to study evolutionary processes using stickleback fish and fossil specimens.

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Instructions for contributing to this collection

We encourage everyone to submit items for this collection.  Please use the table above to determine how to categorize and tag your item. 

In addition, please tag which learning outcome(s) your item addresses, and include the tag Mechanisms.

EXAMPLE: If you are posting a tool that addresses learning outcomes 1.2 &1. 3 you would include the following tags:   Tools, LO1.2, LO1.3, Mechanisms

*Please use this format when tagging as it will make the collection easier to search.

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Welcome to Tree of Life: Mechanisms

This is a place to contribute resources, tools, and assessments that address the following learning outcomes under the broad theme of mechanisms of evolution.  

Students are able to:

LO1.1 Demonstrate how morphological evolution results from a subset of molecular evolution

LO1.2 Compare and contrast the likelihood of phenotypic and genotypic convergence

LO1.3 Demonstrate how evolutionary changes are constrained by existing genotypic and phenotypic variation.

LO1.4 Recognize that evolution occurs in an environment that varies over space and time.

LO1.5 Evaluate the relative importance of abiotic versus biotic factors on selection

LO1.6 Recognize and compare multiple evolutionary solutions to similar environmental challenges

This is part of the Tree of Life working group.  Click here to read about our general goals and framework.

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The New Statistics with R: An Introduction for Biologist

Author: Andy Hector

    " He currently convenes and teaches statistics on the Quantitative Methods for Biologsits course for undergraduates at the Universtiy of Oxford.  He has contributed to several publications on eccologal analysis."

Published: March 15, 2015 by Oxford University Press

Summary: This book provides a contemporary introduction to the classical techniques and modern ectensions of linear model analysis.  It emphasizes on estimation-based approach that accounts for recent criticisms of over-use of probability values and introduces the alternative approach using information criteria.  It is based on the use of the open-source R programming language for statistics and graphics that is rapidly becoming the lingua franca in many areas of science.  Statistics is introduced through worked analyses preformed in R using interesting data sets from ecology, evoluntionary biology, and environmental science.  Data sets and R scripts are available as supporting material.

For a preview of this book, click here

For chapter summaries, click here

For purchase through Amazon

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