Teaching Tools

  • CourseSource –  An open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for undergraduate biological sciences (View Website)
  • Science in the Classroom – Annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials from AAAS (View Website)
  • My Science Box (Bio 101) – A course for undergraduates planning on entering teaching, led by Irene Salter, California State University, Chico (View Website)
  • Able Web – A Society to promote information exchange among university and college educators actively concerned with teaching biology in a laboratory setting. (View Website)
  • General Biology 101 – Online lab tutorials, Rutgers University (View Website)
  • Genetics Course – From the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago (View Website)
  • Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT) – Resource for undergraduate genomics courses from Davidson College (View Website)
  • Genomics Course – From Davidson College (View Website)
  • Genomics – Methods links from Davidson College (View Website)
  • MIT Biology – Open course-ware classes (View Website)
  • Introductory Biology Project – A resource for introductory biology courses. (View Website)

Plant PathologyPlant Pathology from The American Phytopathological Society

  • Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE): The PULSE mission is to catalyze undergraduate life sciences departmental transformation, aligned with current education reform reports, including the Vision and Change Report (2011), leading to inclusive, student-centered, evidence-based teaching and learning to cultivate the development of scientists who reflect the diversity of American society. (View website)
  • Registry of Undergraduate Researchers — to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students well prepared for research (View Website)
  • ACTION BioScience – The American Institute of Biological Sciences promotes bioscience literacy. (View Website)
  • Advice for new teachers – Article from Carl Weiman, physics Nobel laureate (Download PDF)
  • BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium – Interested in reform of undergraduate biology education (View Website)
  • Genomics in Education – Website by Sarah Elgin, Washington University, St Louis (View Website)
  • Microbe Library – A peer-reviewed, digital media center for undergraduate microbiology sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, a professional, life science society with more than 38,000 members in the United States and abroad. (View Website)
  • The American Phytopathological Society – The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a nonprofit professional, scientific organization dedicated to the study and control of plant diseases. (View Website)
  • Sea Urchin Development Tutorial – suitable for undergraduates, from Leon Browder, University of Wisconsin (View Website)
  • Masters in Data Science – Useful information on schools with Master’s Programs in Data Science as well as information relevant to Data Science. (View Website)
  • UndergraduateInTheLab has tips, tricks, and strategies to help STEM undergrads find and get the most out of their research experience. The goal is to help undergraduates use their research experience to develop the skills and habits they need to be successful in research, out of the lab, and long after college.

Image, Video Galleries and Contests

BioScapesBioScapes, from OlympusRecognizing outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment.
  • The Cell: An Image Library™ – A freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research, education, and training, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. (View Website)
  • ASCB iBioSeminars – A library of free, on-demand lectures (View Website)
  • Fagan Finder – An image search engine image search engine (View Website)
  • Cellular Imaging Facility Core, by the University of Arizona – An on-line collection of images taken with a microscope. (View Website)
  • Free Science Videos and Lectures – A Collection of free science videos and lectures (View Website)
  • Radboud University Biology Image Gallery, by Radboud University, Nijmegen – Microscopical images and other views from biology (View Website)
  • ASCB Celldance – Open the eyes of the world to the best video and still images that illuminate the wonders of cell biology. (View Contest)
  • Bioscapes, from Olympus – Recognizing outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment. (View Contest)
  • Cinema of the Cell, from BioClips – Promoting multimedia documents in Life sciences. (View Contest)
  • Small World, from Nikon – A leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. (View Contest)
  • Nothing Remains Invisible! From Leica – A collection of photos taken with a Leica microscope. (View Contest)
  • MicroImages, from Carl Zeiss – Cell Image Contest. (View Contest)
  • Imaging in Action, from MediaCybernetics – Celebrating imaging research. (View Contest)

Textbooks and Lab Manuals

  • Cell Biology Laboratory Manual – by Dr. William H. Heidcamp, Gustavus Adolphus College (View Manual)
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (4th ed) – by Alberts et al (View Publication)
  • Molecular Cell Biology (6th ed) – by Lodish, et al (View Publication)
  • Plant Physiology Online: A Companion to Plant Physiology, (4th ed) – by Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger (View Book)
  • Getting In: The Insider’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Undergraduate Research Experience was written to help students start their search by first examining what they want from a research position, what is realistic to achieve with the commitment they are willing to make, a solid understanding of what will be expected of them, and what they can gain from an research experience. In addition, it includes specific advice on how to search, apply, and interview for research positions, and gives specific step-by-step strategies on how to master time management and professionalism throughout the book. View Book

Microscopy Primers and Instructional Material

Scientific Volume ImagingScientific Volume Imaging (SVI)A rapidly expanding public knowledge, wiki-style, resource website on #D microscopy, image restoration (deconvolution), visualization and analysis.

Microscopy Weblinks from Harriet Smith-Sommerville, PhD, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

  • Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy – Resources for Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy (View Website)
  • Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy Protocols – Resources for Fluorescence & Confocal Microscopy Protocols (View Website)
  • History of Microscopy – The history of Microscopy (View Website)
  • Light Microscopy – Resources for Light Microscopy (View Website)
  • Light Microscopy Protocols – Resources for light microscopy protocols (View Website)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy – Resources for scanning electrons (View Website)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy Protocols – Resources for scanning electron microscopy protocols (View Website)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy – Resources for Transmission Electron Microscopy (View Website)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy Fixation/Embedding – Resources for Electron Miscroscopy Fixation and Embedding (View Website)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy Sectioning/Staining – Resources for Transmission Electron Microscopy Sectioning and Staining. (View Website)

Other Microscopy Materials

  • Confocal Microscopy – Confocal microscopy and immunofluorescence protocols, optimization methods and techniques (View Website)
  • Confocal Microscopy – How Does it Work? by Eric Weeks, PhD, Emory University (View Website)
  • Microscope Basics and Beyond – A Pamphlet by Mortimer Abramowitz, Olympus (View .PDF)
  • Microscopy Powerpoint Slides, by J Paul Robinson, PhD, Purdue University – Lecture Slides (View Website)
  • Scientific Volume Imaging – A rapidly expanding public knowledge, wiki-style, resource website on #D microscopy, image restoration (deconvolution), visualization and analysis. (View Website)
  • Tutorials in Transmission EM, by John Rodenburg, University of Sheffield (View Website)

Microscopy Education

  • Microscopy U, by Nikon – A resource for Microscopy Education, and important topics for understanding the microscopes. (View Website)
  • Microscopy Resource Center, by Olympus – Interactive Java tutorials designed to simplify and explain complex topics in microscopy, optics, digital imaging, and photomicrography. Each tutorial explores an individual topic and takes advantage of powerful Java technology to create interactive features that allow the visitor to change parameters and observe how this affects the phenomenon being studied. (View Website)

Active Learning

  • Active Learning: Web by Design – Links from IUPUI to interactive, educational Web sites that help you incorporate the Internet into your active learning environment. (View Website)
  • Wikipedia’s Active Learning Page (View Wiki Page)
  • Thinking Like a Biologist – Access to the Diagnostic Question Clusters and active learning strategies to improve Student Reasoning and Understanding in General Biology Courses. (View Website)
  • GapMinder – Gapminder is a data visualization tool used in classrooms. Gapminder Desktop does not need an Internet connection for lecture or presentation. (View Website)
  • Integrating Discovery-Based Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Report of a Convocation. Participants discussed successes, opportunities, and challenges of bringing discovery-based research and related activities into labs associated with undergraduate courses, utilizing on-campus, off-campus, and on-the-web resources. (View report)


  • Allen D, Tanner K. – Infusing active learning into the large-enrollment biology class: Seven strategies, from the simple to complex. Cell Biol Educ [serial online]. 2005;4:262-268. (View .PDF)
  • Armstrong N, Chang S, Brickman M. – Cooperative learning in industrial-sized biology classes. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:163-171. (View .PDF)
  • Freeman S et al. – Prescribed active learning increases performance in introductory biology. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:132-139. (View .PDF)
  • Klymkowsky M. – Teaching without a textbook: Strategies to focus learning on fundamental concepts and scientific process. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:190-193. (View .PDF)
  • Knight J, Wood W. – Teaching more by lecturing less. Cell Biol Educ [serial online]. 2005;4:298-310. (View .PDF)
  • McDaniel C, Lister B, Hanna M, Roy H. Increased learning observed in redesigned introductory biology course that employed Web-enhanced, interactive pedagogy. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2007;6:243-249. (View .PDF)
  • Wood W, Handelsman J. – Meeting Report: The 2004 National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology. Cell Biol Educ [serial online]. 2004;3:215-217. Available at: (View .PDF)
  • Wright R. – Walking the walk. CBE Life Sci Educ [serial online]. 2006;5:311-312. (View .PDF)

Biology Course Materials

  • New! Cell Biology Questions and Learning Objectives (PDF)
  • Cell Biology Handouts: A listing of Cell Biology Handouts by Gwen Childs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (View Website)
  • iBioSeminars – A freely available library of research seminars by leading scientists (View Website)
  • VirtualLaboratory.net, Inc. – An introductory biology course by M. W. Klymkowsky, PhD, The Bioliteracy Project/Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder (View Website)
  • Medical Biochemistry Page – A Biochemistry website by Michael King, Indiana University School of Medicine (View Website)

General Education Sites

National Science Foundation WebsiteNational Science FoundationAn independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…”
  • Frank Potter’s Science Gems on Biology – Resources sorted by Category, Subcategory, and Grade Level (View Website)
  • National Science Foundation – An independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” (View Website)
  • NCBI Science Primer – Understanding nature’s mute but elegant language of living cells is the quest of modern molecular biology. (View Website)
  • Virtual Classroom Biology, by Radboud University – educational site of the Radboud University Nijmegen, especially meant for secondary school students who like to have a first glance on teaching items of the Bio-science programs. (View Website)
  • TeachOne Biology – A list of useful biology links. (View Website)
  • “The Why Files” – Cell Biology news and information. (View Website)
  • AACU High Impact Educational Practices – High-impact practices that educational research suggests increase rates of student retention and student engagement. (View Website)
  • Vision and Change Final Report – The future of undergraduate biology education. (View Website)
  • Understanding Evolution – Teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. (View Website)
  • National Evolutionary Synthesis Center – The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is a science center dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in evolution. (View Website)
  • NIMBioS National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis – A science synthesis center that explores the interface between math and biology and promotes cross-disciplinary approaches to science. (View Website)

Science Education Journals – Open Access

  • Advances in Physiology Education – Publishes peer-reviewed descriptions of strategies for teaching in the classroom and laboratory, essays on education, and review articles for teachers on our current understanding of physiological mechanisms. (View Publication)
  • CBE — Life Sciences Education – Publishes articles on life science education at the K-12 outreach, undergraduate and graduate levels. (View Publication)
  • School Science and Mathematics – Publishes papers emphasizing issues, concerns, and lessons within and between the disciplines of science and mathematics in the classroom. (View Publication)
  • Science in School – European journal to promote inspiring science teaching (View Publication)

Animation Sites

BioVisions by Harvard UniversityBioVisions, by Harvard UniversityThe continuing quest for new and more powerful ways to communicate ideas in biology is the focus of BioVisions at Harvard University.
  • DNAinteractive – Join their online teaching community and create personalized web pages and use the Lesson Builder tool. These features are only available to myDNAi members. Registration is Free! (Visit Website)
  • BioInteractive, from HHMI – HHMI, a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. (View Website)
  • Biological Animations, by John Giannini, St. Olaf College, MN – Short animations of biological processes (View Website)
  • Biology Animation, from Carnegie Mellon University – Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Technology for Education and Department of Biological Sciences create multimedia materials for teaching and learning Biology. (View Website)
  • BioVisions, from Harvard University – The continuing quest for new and more powerful ways to communicate ideas in biology is the focus of BioVisions at Harvard University. (View Website)
  • The Inner Life of a Cell, video by Robert Lue and Alain Viel, Harvard University (View Video)
  • Case It! Molecular Biology Laboratory Simulations for Cased-Based Learning in Biology – Molecular biology laboratory simulations for case-based learning in biology, primarily on genetic and infectious disease. (View Website)

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