Category Archives: Engaging students

Teaching the Biomes: A Different Approach

I feel like I can do a pretty good job lecturing on most topics at a level that will hold the attention of nonmajors, but two exceptions are cell organelles and biomes. Don’t get me wrong — I love teaching … Continue reading

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YouTube PowerPoint Lectures for Flipping the Classroom

A guest post by Matt Taylor Interested in flipping your classroom? Or how about just providing some at-home help for struggling students? One way to encourage students to learn at home is to post lectures on YouTube. Don’t worry; you … Continue reading

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Teaching Experimental Design: The Ongoing Struggle

About two years ago, I wrote a blog post about my continuing efforts to teach experimental design in my nonmajors biology class. That post (Little Changes, Big Difference) detailed my use of the “Marshmallow Test” film clip to generate questions … Continue reading

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Active Learning Using “Preserving Biodiversity” Infographics

A guest post by Matt Taylor As I mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I spent some of my free time this summer developing graphics on the topic preserving biodiversity. I have now completed eight graphics, as well as … Continue reading

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Brainstorming about Human Movements

Regular readers know I’m a sucker for attractive, thought-provoking videos. I just found this one, called Thousands of Years of Human Migration in Five Minutes. When I saw the title I expected to see humanity spreading across a map of … Continue reading

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Mythbusting Biology in Class

An AsapScience video has inspired me to try a new activity in class. We’ve talked about AsapScience before. It’s a YouTube channel that creates weekly videos explaining the answers to frequently asked science questions. Last week’s video was titled “7 Myths … Continue reading

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Preserving Biodiversity Infographics: Endangered Taxa and the Effects of Pollution

A guest post by Matt Taylor A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog post introducing the Preserving Biodiversity Infographics that I’m developing this summer. All of these graphics accompany the content in the Preserving Biodiversity chapter of Hoefnagels Biology textbooks. … Continue reading

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Using Graphics to Teach: Introducing “Preserving Biodiversity Infographics”

A guest post by Matt Taylor I am taking a graphic design class this summer as part of my Master’s in Educational Technology program at Boise State University. The project-based course is teaching me to create graphics for education. Mine … Continue reading

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Laptops for Note-Taking? Doonesbury and Psychologists Weigh In

The Doonesbury strip for June 8 hit on something I was reading about just yesterday. In the strip, a college professor complains to a class full of distracted students about what he calls “your tragic faith in the efficacy of … Continue reading

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Two Outstanding Videos: One for Natural Selection and One for the Genome

My recent post about natural selection misconceptions prompted a comment from a colleague who endorsed the educational value of Howard Hughes Medical Institute videos and learning materials. I spent some time on HHMI’s BioInteractive site to see what I could … Continue reading

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