1. Biological Sciences

The following are url or download links to descriptions of teaching activities considered to be exemplars and clearly exhibit one or more of the Guidelines in action in the discipline category listed. Browse through the sites to see whether you could use the example described or create a learning activity for your students using the strategy shown. If you feel you have  an example to be recognized as an exemplar of one or more guidelines in action please send it as a link or PDF that describes the activities well enough for someone else to try it to adrianlee2@mac.com I will ensure that you get appropriate attribution.


  • Active Learning Classrooms in biology. Description of the initiative at the University of Minnesota. Shows a wonderful learning space that encourages active learning, if you can afford it! (Guideline 1) and encourages dialogue (Guideline 7).link There is also a great  four minute video of the biology classroom in action opened from this page.

  • Biology faculty at MIT, working in collaboration with educational technologists, developed StarGenetics, an interactive program to help students learn genetics.  The teaching of genetics lends itself to problem-based or laboratory-based learning.  StarGenetics is a genetic cross simulator that allows students to perform simulated experiments in genetics.  Using StarGenetics, students can re-create the experience of collecting and analyzing data over time, with sequential experimental planning and analysis based on experimental observations.  Unlike other available online genetic tools, StarGenetics allows for customization of the experiment presented to students. link

  •  Open-ended enquiry in undergraduate biology laboratories: moving to student-designed practicals. Charles Morris, an ALTC citation awardee, has tackled the issue of involving first year students more in their learning. The first pdf describes his approach and the next two are examples of two actual sessions. Summary  Germination prac   Grevillea prac

  • You would put in your own exemplars here. Meanwhile I need some for this starter website. Please send to  adrianlee2@mac.com