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Teaching Biology

Looking for ways to enhance or improve your teaching? Wondering how you can demonstrate your scholarship of teaching?

MERLOT provides a number of ideas and examples that will help you accomplish both of these objectives. Whether it's using MERLOT learning materials with your students, creating MERLOT-related assignments for your students, or creating Personal Collections of materials for you or your department, you will find that MERLOT has much to offer in the way of helpful resources.

Descriptions and Links to Sample Web Sites

  • Interactive Lessons and Tutorials - Interactive lessons and tutorials are activities with specific instructional objectives structured to integrate conceptual presentation, demonstration, practice, and testing to teach specific concepts or skills.  Users navigate through electronic activities to study, practice, and be tested on information designed to meet stated learning objectives. Interactive lessons and tutorials can be used as a supplement to lecture or lab, or as stand-alone review activities.
  • Animations and Simulations - Animations are key for student visualization of dynamic biological processes. Simulations build upon animations, allowing students to manipulate variables, and discover the impact of these manipulations.  Most simulations provide close to "real-life" experiences for students and can be very informative.
  • Collections and Databases - Biologists routinely collect, annotate, and organize large collections of biological samples, and now DNA and protein sequence and structural data. Many of these databases are now available on-line. We give special attention to sites that not only contain biological data, but have useful search tools and exercises designed to teach students how the database or collection is used in research.
  • Biology Pedagogic Collection - This site is designed to help integrate Web-based assignments and activities into undergraduate biology courses. Each section describes a teaching method, why/when it is useful, how it can be implemented, and a set of biology assignments and activities that can be used in your class. These sites were developed in partnership with the Science Education Resource Center (SERC).
  • MERLOT Pedagogy Portal - This site is designed to help you learn about the variety of instructional strategies and issues that could help you become a better teacher. The resources you’ll find in the Pedagogy Portal should apply to teaching a variety of disciplines.