Course transformation has focused on defining "core ideas," explicitly addressing process skills and introducing active-learning activities, using clickers and case studies, that engage higher-order cognition and metacognition. Transformation efforts have focused on the following courses to date:
- General Biology
- Plants & Society
General biology (EBIO 1210 and 1220)
These are course materials used in a two-semester general biology sequence. The course serves primarily freshmen and sophomores intending to pursue ecology and evolutionary biology, psychology, and integrated physiology. The course is designed to focus on big concepts using clicker and "think pair share" questions. You may email Sarah Wise (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about this resource.
- Course materials. Download a zip file containing learning goals and active learning questions (including clickers).
Principles of ecology (EBIO 2040)
These are course materials for a one-semester gateway course in ecology (typically sophomores and above). The course is targeted to biology, ecology, and environmental science majors. The course is designed using a Case Study Learning approach, in which students work in teams to master key concepts through consideration of specific cases (e.g., competition and predation in Yellowstone National Park).
- Course archive without assessments. Download a zip file containing all course materials except assessments
- Course archive with assessments. Download a password protected file of all course materials including assessments
- For instructor's use only: please email Anne-Marie Hoskinson (email@example.com) with your title and affiliation, from an official email address, for the username/password.
You may also email Andrew Martin (Andrew.Martin-1@Colorado.edu) with any questions.
Genetics (EBIO 2070)
These are course materials for a one-semester genetics course, an upper-division course required of ecology and evolutionary biology majors. The course was transformed from a fully lecture format to one placing molecular genetics at the beginning of the semester, assessing understanding of reading before lecture, incorporating clicker question discussions, and placing more emphasis on conceptual learning and connections.
- Course materials. Download a zip file containing learning goals, clicker questions with voting data, and recitation assignments.
If you have questions about this resource, contact David Stock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Evolution (EBIO 3080)
These are course materials for a one-semester Evolution course, an upper-division class required of ecology and evolutionary biology majors. The course is designed to teach basic concepts in evolution through active learning exercises, problem solving, and experimental design.
- Course materials. Click here to download a zip file containing learning goals, homework, lab, lecture and class activities.
Plants and society (EBIO 3590)
These are course materials for a one-semester junior-level course in economic botany. The course has a strong focus on science process skills, including critically reading the primary scientific literature, engaging in effective science communication (especially writing about biology for diverse audiences), and use of scientific argumentation. The course has no exams, with grades being comprised of in-class activities, quizzes, writing assignments, and a lab.
- Course materials. Click here to download a zip file including in-class activities, writing assignments, peer review assignments, case studies, and lecture notes.
If you have questions about this resource, you can contact Stacey Smith (Stacey.D.Smith@Colorado.EDU).