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Teaching Strategies

Creating Investigative Labs

Incorporate investigative instead of demonstrative laboratory exercises as means of teaching concepts and science processes.

A Practical Plan for...Labs

Genetics-Breeding Dust Bears

Teach Mendelian genetics through simulation -- students design a series of genetic crosses to produce recessive genotypes.

Breeding a Homozyg. Rec. Org.

CSI - Bacterial Pathogenesis

Use investigative cases to develop an understanding of bacterial pathogenesis.

Bacterial Polygamy

Math, Models, and Signaling

Teach graduate students about mathematical modeling of signaling pathways.

Sci. Signal. 1, tr1.

Student Learning

Learn how peer-led workshops catalyze student engagement and achievement.

Peer-Led Team Learning

"Online Scaling"

This tutorial and lab exercise allows students to explore the functional implications of body size for the shapes of various structures in organisms.

"Online Scaling" Tutorial

Streams in the Classroom

Learn the uses, challenges and advantages of building and maintaining a classroom lotic ecosystem.

A Stream Ecosystem

The Brain Eater

Introduce students to the work of scientists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers as they seek to understand Mad Cow Disease.

The Brain Eater

Tackling the "Real World"

Prepare graduate students for life as a working scientist - writing proposals, publishing manuscripts, & giving research seminars.

Sci. STKE 2007, tr3.

Avian Behaviors

Teach niche partitioning, competitive exclusion, and speciation in the field using natural bird assemblages.

Avian Niche Partitioning

Science as a Team Sport

Use a team-based inquiry approach in the lab to study the effects of enzyme-mediated breakdown of hydrogen peroxide.

Access Excellence

CPR Science

Teach critical-thinking and writing skills through the peer-review process that scientists and engineers use.

Calibrated Peer Review

Simulate This

Use virtual labs & simulations to help students design experiments & carry out the scientific process--start to finish.

Virtual Laboratories

Discovery-Based Learning

Learn how faculty members worked together to design the foundation for the science curriculum in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.

Connecting Sci To The Comm. At FAU

Plant Pathologists Wanted

Teach basic information and instructions on how to set up, use, and care for microscopes.

Basic Microscopy

Are Humans the Problem?

Teach the impact of humans upon the environment through student investigations.

Biodiversity Survey

The Right Review

Use an online discussion forum to teach grad students about the peer-review process.

Sci. Signal.1,tr2.

MicroRNA Journal Club

Adapt the traditional journal club format to the classroom -- introduce students to the process of discussing and evaluating primary research lit.

Sci. STKE 2005 (300), tr24.

Students' Misconceptions

Learn the benefits of using concept inventories.

Concept Inventories: Tools

Holly's Story

Learn what it is like to be a student with a physical disability pursuing a degree in the sciences. Holly helps to dispel the myths.


Investigative Laboratories

Promote investigative lab exercises over demonstrative ones to teach concepts & to introduce the scientific process.

Assn. for Biology Lab. Ed.

Preparing Students

Interested in creating student research programs? This article poses some interesting questions about student research programs.

Preparing Students

Bio For the Differently-Abled

Incorporate methods of working with differently-abled students in biology laboratory to maximize their learning of basic concepts.

Bio. for Vis./Ortho. Impaired

Disciplinary Integration

Learn how to integrate science and humanities courses.

Disciplinary Integration

Bioinformatics Safari

This activity proposes a multi-institutional effort to have students identify cellulolytic organisms and their genetic sequences.

Bioinformatics Safari


This chapter describes several student exercises, which may be used to introduce students to the techniques of stereological analysis.

Stereological Analysis


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