Justin’s book on high structure course design coming in late 2024 or early 2025 in the Macmillan Scientific Teaching series! Stay tuned!

Browse below for samples of teaching materials that I use in my own courses. Feel free to use these for your own purposes and contact me if you have any questions!

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

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

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.

PodCases

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!

Biomaterials – for use in an introductory biomedical engineering course, but could also be used in introductory biology or medical courses – download PPT slides here!

 

 

Kinetic energy (PodCase mini) – for use in introductory physics, introductory thermodynamics, or anywhere where you need a quick review of calculating kinetic energy – download PPT slides here!

 

 

Biomedical engineering ethics – for use in an introductory biomedical engineering course, but could also be used in introductory biology or medical courses – download PPT slides here!

 

 

Kidney Function – for use in an anatomy and physiology or introductory biology course – download PPT slides 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!

 

Authentic Assessments

Use the following projects to add authenticity to your courses!

Health and Wellness Project – An authentic assessment to help students connect anatomy and physiology concepts to their own bodies while improving their own health and wellness!

Coming soon! NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Proposal Project – Turning the actual NSF GRFP research proposal into an authentic assessment. Can be used in any STEM course to help students learn how to write succinct proposals!

 

Predict, Click, Depict!

Try this variation of a clicker question to get fantastic engagement with your students!