Textbook and Courseware Adoption Rubrics
In need of adopting a new textbook or online courseware system for your courses? Take a look at these one-page rubrics which help you compare some of the most critical components of textbooks and courseware systems so as to help you make a decision.
Reading guides are custom word documents that help students actively read their textbook and take notes on specific sections of the text. Reading guides can also be adapted into “watching guides” by assigning content-based videos instead of a textbook. A prior study of mine has shown that introductory biology students who completed reading guides fully prior to class earned significantly higher exam scores.
Below are links to download reading guides for several different textbooks that I use in my own courses. Note that these were designed for my own courses and learning objectives, so you may want to customize them for what you cover.
Case studies are a way of using a narrative or a story to teach a lesson which can deepen interest and learning. There are a multitude of studies published on the benefits of using case studies in the college classroom. Below are links to some of my own case studies that I have published in the National Center for Case Study Teaching in the Sciences.
Podcasts + Case Studies = PodCases! PodCases are my way of introducing students to a diverse array of folks and voices via podcasts while maintaining the narrative power of storytelling that is used to enhance the classroom experience via case studies. Check out the PodCases below and feel free to use them in your courses!
Read more about PodCases on my LinkedIn article here!
Heart Anatomy – for use in an anatomy and physiology or introductory biology course – download PPT slides here!
Synapses – for use in an anatomy and physiology or introductory biology course – download PPT slides here!
Muscle Force PodCase – for use in an anatomy and physiology or introductory biology course – download PPT slides here!
Homeostasis PodCase – for use in an anatomy and physiology or introductory biology course – download PPT slides here!
Anatomy and Physiology Activities
Use the following activities to increase engagement with your students in A&P lectures or labs
Plotting Cranial and Spinal Nerve Pathways – Use WikiStix to plot nerve pathways on skeletons
Spirometry personal health activity – An individual or group based activity using the Mir One Spirometer in which students collect and analyze their own spirometry data to compare against modeled predictions
EKG personal health activity – An individual or group based activity using the Alivecor KardiaMobile EKG device in which students collect and analyze their own EKG and heart rate data and make calculation about other cardiovascular parameters
Active learning exercises for teaching the skeletal system – A bunch of strategies to try to make the skeletal system more interactive!
Predict, Click, Depict!
Try this variation of a clicker question to get fantastic engagement with your students!