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Undergraduate Science Education

This Web page offers links to sites addressing undergraduate education reform, inquiry-based learning and other related topics.

The following listings are grouped first by fields within science and then into several general categories. Some of the sites fall into more than one category and may therefore appear multiple times. The sites offer strategies for educational reform at the undergraduate and K-12 levels, lists of links and many resources of educational information.

Field Specific Sites:

Biology: Molecular, Genetic, Evolutionary

Chemistry: General, Organic, Biochemistry

Physics: General, Astrophysics

Technology: Computer Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics

More General Resources:

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Sites

Journals Related to Education Reform

Associations, Projects, Institutions
at the national, regional, and local levels

Documented Case Studies and Ideas

A Few K-12 Links Provided by Members


 
Biology: Molecular, Genetic, Evolutionary

  • American Childhood Cancer Organization
    http://acco.org
    ACCO's mission is to provide information and support for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to provide grassroots leadership through advocacy and awareness, and to support research leading to a cure for all children diagnosed with this life-threatening disease.
  • American Society for Microbiology
    http://www.asmusa.org/sitemap.htm#EDUCATION
    The ASM Education pages include links to career information, conferences, fellowships, travel grants and other education resources.
  • Association of College and University Biology Educators
    http://papa.indstate.edu/amcbt/index.html
    Formerly the Association of Midwestern College Biology Teachers. The objectives of the organization are:
    1) to further the teaching of the biological sciences at the college and other levels of educational experience;
    2) to bring to light common problems involving biological curricula at the college level and by the free interchange of ideas; endeavor to resolve these problems;
    3) to encourage active participation in biological research by teachers and students in the belief that such participation is an invaluable adjunct to effective teaching;
    4) to create a voice which will be effective in bringing the collective views of the teachers of the biological sciences to the attention of college and civil government administrations.
  • Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching
    http://papa.indstate.edu/amcbt/bioscene.html
    Bioscene is the official, referred publication of the Association of College and University Biology Educators.
  • Bioboard
    http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/ug-ed/wwwboard/bioboard.shtml
    Bioboard is intended for all those college, university, and high school faculty members who are interested in or actively involved in teaching science courses. It is also intended for use by graduate students who are learning how to teach or who are about to embark on their professional career in academia. Although the emphasis will be on the biological sciences, anyone who has a question or problem with teaching introductory science courses is welcome to participate.
  • Biology Labs On-Line California State Univ.
    http://www.biologylab.awlonline.com/
    Biology Labs On-Line consists of a series of applets that provide students with a set of easily deployed virtual laboratories, where they can truly learn by doing.
  • Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
    http://www.bscs.org/
    BSCS, or Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, is a nonprofit organization that develops science curricula for grades K-college and provides professional development opportunities for science teachers at all levels.
  • BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium Beloit Coll.
    http://bioquest.org
    This project actively supports an extended network of educators interested in the reform of undergraduate biology. Collaborative efforts with other educational groups, links to the BioQUEST staff, current activities, resources such as the BioQUEST Library, and other projects of interest are found here.
  • Biology Links
    https://www.mcb.harvard.edu/mcb/p/library-links/
    Very long list of biology links from Harvard University.
  • Coalition for Education In the Life Sciences
    http://www.wisc.edu/cels
    CELS is a national coalition of professional societies in the biological sciences that have joined together in an effort to improve undergraduate education in the life sciences.
  • CELS Educational Activities Links
    http://www.wisc.edu/cbe/cels/edulinks.html
  • CELS Educational Organizations
    http://www.wisc.edu/cels/eduorg.html
  • e-Skeletons
    The e-Skeletons Project Web site enables you to view the bones of a human, gorilla, and baboon and gather information about them from our osteology database.
  • GENE Project
    http://www.phys.ksu.edu/gene/
    The GENE project promotes collaborations between teachers and a group of research geneticists at Kansas State Univ.
  • Genetics Education Center
    http://www.kumc.edu/gec/
    Univ. of Kansas link includes hotlinks to resources, course materials, brochures and other programs in genetics.
  • The Mesothelioma Group
    http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/understanding-cancer/
    An informative guide to understanding cancer.
  • Molecular Science Initiative
    http://www.molsci.ucla.edu/
    The Molecular Science Project, an NSF systemic reform initiative, is developing server-based instructional materials and techniques covering the topics of the first two years of college instruction.
  • The Pleural Mesothelioma Center
    http://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com//
    Helping Pleural Mesothelioma patients and their families find hope by providing free information, resources and support to help you understand, fight and overcome mesothelioma.
  • Workshop Biology Univ. of Oregon
    http://biology.uoregon.edu/Biology_WWW/Workshop_Biol/wb.html
    A project at the University of Oregon designed to improve biology teaching for non-biology majors.

 
Chemistry: General, Organic, Biochemistry
  • ChemCases Kennesaw State Univ.
    http://science.kennesaw.edu/~mhermes/chem.htm
    ChemCases is an NSF-supported curriculum development project, includes curriculum supplements to General Chemistry that aim to motivate interested students toward the sciences, medicine, pharmacy and engineering.
  • Chemistry Center On-line (Sharmaine S. Cady)
    http://www.esu.edu/~scady
    This site includes interactive Internet Exercises for majors and nonmajors through the Hyperactive Course List menu. These exercises involve environmental, consumer, and health-related topics along with general exercises using the Periodic Table.
  • Chemistry Teaching Resources
    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/RayLec/chemres.htm
    Includes links to online journals, mailing lists, conferences, resource lists, tools, suppliers, software.
  • ChemLinks
    http://chemlinks.beloit.edu/
    The ChemLinks Coalition is a 5-year curriculum development project funded by the NSF’s DUE and is comprised of private liberal arts colleges and research universities who have formed an alliance with the Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center's network of community college environmental programs and with Project Kaleidoscope.
  • Environmentally Based with Role-Playing Laboratory
    Experiments for Introductory Chemistry

    http://www.stolaf.edu/people/walczak/cases.html
    Cases designed at St. Olaf College and Drew University.
  • Global Instructional Chemistry
    http://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/GIC/
    Includes case histories illlustrating modern chemistry in action, liberally dosed with "hyperactive" molecules which you will be able to rotate, measure and generally play with. Includes chemical problems suitable for tutorial and classes, a page where you can log-in to suitable on-line information databases, pages where you can acquire programs and other software, and any other good ideas that people come up with.
  • Modular Chem Consortium
    http://mc2.cchem.berkeley.edu/
    The mission of Modular CHEM Consortium is to develop new curricula, materials and methods which will enhance the appreciation and learning of science, especially chemistry, for every undergraduate student such that all college graduates will command the knowledge and skills necessary to permit continued learning, to lead productive lives, and to make informed decisions. NSF funded.
  • The Polyed National Information Center for Polymer Education
    http://chemdept.uwsp.edu/polyed/
    POLYED is a consortium of groups interested in science education in general and polymer education in particular. Membership is derived from the American Chemical Society Divisions of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE).
  • Process Workshops for General Chemistry
    http://www.chem.sunysb.edu/hanson-foc/index.htm
    Process Workshops for General Chemistry is a project that is developing a new, student-centered model for instruction in the Chemistry Department at SUNY Stony Brook. The approach emphasizes both subject mastery and skill development in key process areas.
  • The Workshop Project, Peer Led Team Learning
    http://www.sci.ccny.cuny.edu/~chemwksp/
    NSF sponsored project with workshop units in general, organic and bio-chemistry.

 
Physics: General, Astrophysics
  • Internet Pilot to Physics
    http://physicsweb.org/TIPTOP/
    Thousands of physics links.
  • NASA Aerospace Education Services Program
    http://www.okstate.edu/aesp/AESP.html
    The NASA Aerospace Education Services Program is a nationwide, free program for teachers, students, and the general public. It is designed to increase awareness and understanding of scientific research and technological development and their place in the world in which we live.
  • NASA Education Resource Page
    http://education.nasa.gov/
  • National Air and Space Museum and
    the Science Information Infrastructure/SEGway

    Science Education Gateway
    http://www.nasm.edu/ceps/SII/SII.html
    The Science Information Infrastructure is a collaboration between science museums, researchers and educators to increase public use of remote sensing data and develop planetary and space science online curricula for use in the classroom.
  • Physics at the Crossroads, Innovation
    and Revitalization in Undergraduate Physics

    http://www.aapt.org/programs/rupc/cross.html
    Plan for action from AAPT.
  • Physics Learning Research List
    http://listserv.boisestate.edu/archives/physlrnr.html
    Archive of articles compiled by Boise State Univ.
  • Space Telescope Science Institute ExInEd
    http://www.stsci.edu/exined/exined.home.html
    Exploration in Education (ExInEd) is a NASA-supported program of the Special Studies Office (SSO) of the Space Telescope Science Institute. Macintosh, Windows, and DOS software available for downloading include electronic picture books, tutorials and reports.
  • Web Physics Project Davidson College
    http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/Applets.html
    The WebPhysics project was started by Wolfgang Christian and Gregor Novak during the spring of 1995. This site includes Java applets, "Physlets," and other useful tools.
  • Workshop Physics Dickinson College
    http://physics.dickinson.edu/Workshop_Physics/Workshop_Physics_Home.htm
    Workshop_Physics_Home.htm
    An innovative and highly successful approach to activity-based physics instruction.

 
Technology: Computer Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics
  • Application of Peer Learning to the Introductory
    Computer Science Curriculum

    http://www.cs.wpi.edu/~peercs/
    This NSF-supported project involves the application of peer learning to the introductory (freshman/sophomore) Computer Science curriculum. Peer (or cooperative) learning has students working together as part of their own learning experience.
  • Annenberg/CPB Projects Learner Online
    http://www.learner.org
    The Annenberg/CPB Project helps colleges, universities, high schools and community organizations use telecommunications technologies to improve learning for all students, including the growing number of older and part-time students, and informal learners in their homes. The Annenberg/CPB Project has also pioneered the use of computer and information technologies to make education more accessible for all students.
  • Educational Technology
    http://www.learner.org/edtech
    The Annenberg/CPB Project has supported a variety of research activities and demonstration projects that examine and illustrate the effective use of educational technology for learning at a distance and in traditional classroom situations.
  • American Society for Engineering Education
    http://www.asee.org/
  • Computer Science Online
    www.computerscienceonline.org
    Computer Science Online provides students and lifelong learners with educational, career, and developmental information related to the world of computer science. The organization is self-funded and non-commercial. It is made up of contributors from the science and technology education system and others who have worked in industry at large corporations or start-ups.
  • Math Forum Swarthmore College
    http://mathforum.org/
    The Math Forum, an online community funded in part by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Swarthmore College, has been built with the contributions of math educators, interested volunteers, and online programming groups, including the Perl and Apache communities.
  • Mathematics Archives
    http://archives.math.utk.edu/
    Offers links to a wide variety of mathematical resources including teaching materials, educational software, laboratory notebooks, problem sets to lecture notes and reports on innovative methods. Includes links to other sites of interest to mathematicians.
  • Mathematics Education Technology Research at Imperial College
    http://metric.ma.ic.ac.uk/
    Formerly known as the Transitional Mathematics Project, METRIC was established to respond to the problems experienced by new undergraduates in Science and Engineering courses who lacked the mathematical knowledge, skills and confidence they needed to tackle the first-year courses.
  • NEEDS, A National Digital Library for Engineering Education
    http://www.needs.org/
    NEEDS is in the process of its fourth major evolution; they are expanding services as a digital library to serve as the foundation for a 'digital learning community' for science, mathematics, engineering and technology education.
  • Online Math Degrees
    http://onlinemathdegrees.org/leading-sites-for-teachers/
    A list of 101 resources for math teachers. The sites highlighted in this collection are useful, informative, creative, and fun.
  • Resources in Science and Engineering Education
    http://www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/RMF.html
    Homepage for Richard Felder, North Carolina State University, has contributed over 100 publications to the fields of science and engineering education and chemical process engineering, writes a column on educational methods and issues for the journal Chemical Engineering Education, and regularly offers workshops on effective teaching on campuses and at conferences around the world.
  • SUCCEED
    http://www.succeednow.org
    The Southeastern University and College Coalition for Engineering Education (SUCCEED) consists of nine southeastern universities' engineering colleges committed to a comprehensive revitalization of undergraduate engineering education for the 21st Century. NSF funded.

 
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Sites:

 
Journals Related to Education Reform:
  • Electronic Journal of Science Education - Archive
    http://unr.edu/homepage/jcannon/ejse/ejse.html
    The Electronic Journal of Science Education is the first peer reviewed electronic journal of its kind devoted to the timely sharing of science education information via the World Wide Web. Using communications technology, information and research related to science education issues, K-undergrad, are addressed.
  • Journal of Clinical Problem Based Learning
    http://www.jclinpbl.org/
  • Journal of Undergraduate Sciences
    http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~jus/home.html
    JUS is a peer review scientific journal (printed) dedicated to original research done by undergraduates and high school students. Written and published by students for students, JUS publishes articles in a wide variety of fields, ranging from Astronomy to Zoology. JUS is a collaborative effort between undergraduates, graduate students, and professors and is published at Harvard Univ.
  • Journal of Young Investigators
    http://www.jyi.org
    JYI is a new, exciting, student-led initiative to broaden the scope of the undergraduate scientific experience. JYI's undergraduate staff members, currently representing over 30 different institutions, operate a highly-regarded peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate research.

 
Associations, Projects, Institutions at the national, regional and local levels:
  • Aalborg Experiment – Project Innovation in University Education
    Aalborg Univ. Press
    http://www.unimaas.nl/pbl/fdaw/fdapoe.htm
    Chronicle of University’s experiences in converting to one where all programmes are based on problem-orientation and project-organisation. During twenty years the programmes have been developed into a spectrum of versions of the problem-oriented project-organized types of education within humanities, social sciences, the sciences and engineering. This book is focused on our experience within engineering and the natural sciences.
  • American Association for Higher Education
    http://www.aahe.org
    The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) envisions a higher education enterprise that helps all Americans achieve the deep, lifelong learning they need to grow as individuals, participate in the democratic process, and succeed in a global economy.
  • AAHE Teaching, Learning, and Technology Affiliate
    http://www.tltgroup.org/
    The TLT Group's mission is to motivate and enable institutions and individuals to improve teaching and learning with technology, while helping them cope with continual change. The TLT Group's products and services support individuals and organizations in their efforts to understand, envision, and direct the transformation of education and society. Begun in 1995 as AAHE's Technology Projects, the TLT Group is now an independent, nonprofit organization affiliated with AAHE.
  • AAHE Program for the Promotion of Institutional Change
    http://www.aahe.org/ppic/inst_change.htm
    With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), AAHE provided support and networking opportunities for colleges and universities that are working to institutionalize reform efforts in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) education. This AAHE program's major activity was the organization of an Institute bringing together teams of individuals from these campuses to communicate, collaborate, and learn from each other.
  • Assessment Forum
    http://www.aahe.org/assessment/
    The AAHE Assessment Forum is a national network connecting and supporting higher education stakeholders involved in assessment. It promotes thoughtful, effective approaches to assessment that involve faculty, benefit students, and improve the quality of teaching and learning. It helps campuses, programs, and individuals to plan, implement, and share the results of their assessment efforts by publishing, networking, and sponsoring an annual national conference.
  • American Educational Research Association
    http://www.aera.net/
  • Divisions
    http://www.aera.net/divisions
  • Learning & Instruction
    http://www.aera.net/divisions/c/index.htm
  • Measurement and Research Methodology
    http://www.aera.net/divisions/d/
  • Postsecondary Education
    http://www.aera.net/divisions/j/
  • Special Interest Group on Education in Science and Technology
    http://www.ls.sesp.nwu.edu/sig-est/index.html
    The purpose of the AERA SIG-EST is to bring together discipline specialists, curriculum developers, educational researchers, classroom experts, and policymakers concerned with learning and instruction in science and technology education.
  • Special Interest Group on Advanced Technologies for Learning
    http://www.ls.sesp.nwu.edu/sig-atl/index.html
    The purpose of the AERA SIG-ATL is first, to encourage the design of new technologies that structure educational environments and transform educational practice and second, to promote informed strategies for the large scale integration of technology in education.
  • Annenberg/CPB Projects Learner Online
    http://www.learner.org
    The Annenberg/CPB Project helps colleges, universities, high schools and community organizations use telecommunications technologies to improve learning for all students, including the growing number of older and part-time students, and informal learners in their homes. The Annenberg/CPB Project has also pioneered the use of computer and information technologies to make education more accessible for all students.
  • Educational Technology
    http://www.learner.org/edtech. The Annenberg/CPB Project has supported a variety of research activities and demonstration projects that examine and illustrate the effective use of educational technology for learning at a distance and in traditional classroom situations.
  • Boyer Commission, Reinventing Undergraduate Education
    http://naples.cc.sunysb.edu/Pres/boyer.nsf/
  • Concord Consortium Projects
    http://www.concord.org/projects/index.html#mod
    Concord Consortium Projects undertakes innovative projects that move innovations from research into practice. Some projects are at the level of nuts-and-bolts technology, others focus on learners, and some create new structures for learning.
  • GenScope
    http://genscope.concord.org
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
    http://www.cur.org
    The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national professional organization representing nearly 900 colleges and universities in the United States. CUR exists to support research by undergraduates and their faculty mentors in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
  • CUR National Conference
    June 2000, Wooster OH
    http://www.wooster.edu/cur/
    This page has been developed as supplemental information about the Council on Undergraduate Research meeting in Wooster, Ohio, in 2000. It is already serving, though, as a collection of ideas and links for combining research and teaching in "inquiry-based learning."
  • DeLiberations on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    http://www.lgu.ac.uk/deliberations/
    DeLiberations is the outcome of "The Interactive Electronic Magazine Project", part of the eLib (Electronic Libraries) Programme, and is based in the Educational and Staff Development Unit of the Academic Registrar's Office at London Guildhall University.
  • Department of Defense Education Gateway
    http://web.lmi.org/edugate/
  • Department of Energy Office of Science and Technical Information
    http://www.osti.gov/
    OSTI is responsible for the Department of Energy's Technical Information Management Program and for coordinating the dissemination of scientific and technical information (STI) resulting from DOE research and development. From this page, a user can access various DOE Information Resource products including EnergyFiles: Virtual Library of Energy Science and Technology and the DOE Information Bridge.
  • Digital Library for Earth System Education
    http://www.dlese.org/
    This website represents a community-wide effort to establish a digital library for Earth System Education. Extensive resources, contributions welcome.
  • DOE EnergyFiles: Virtual Library of Energy Science and Technology
    http://www.doe.gov/EnergyFiles
    EnergyFiles provides a vast array of information and resources pertaining to energy science and technology. The search engines on this product provide great benefits to the user searching for scientific and technical information. One option is to search across various databases and full-text when available, and the second option is to search across all web sites linked to EnergyFiles (approx. 400 different sites).
  • DOE Information Bridge
    http://www.doe.gov/bridge
    This product is a component of EnergyFiles. The InfoBridge provides free, quick access to full-text DOE scientific and technical reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, engineering, computer and information science, and other energy-related topics.
  • Discovery Learning and Legacy Univ. of Texas
    http://www.discovery.utexas.edu/index.html
    The Discovery Learning Project promotes the development and use of discovery or inquiry-based methods of teaching and learning. This project is predicated on the belief that all students have creative ability which can be further developed utilizing the many techniques of inquiry-based learning.
  • Clearinghouse for Higher Ed
    http://www.eriche.org
  • Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Ed
    http://www.ericse.org
  • Clearinghouse for Assessment and Evaluation
    http://www.ericae.net
  • Clearinghouse for Information and Technology
    http://ericir.syr.edu/ithome
  • Federal Information Exchange
    http://galaxy.einet.net/hytelnet/OTH010.html
    FEDIX is an on-line information service that links the higher education community and the federal government to facilitate research, education and services. The system provides accurate and timely federal agency information to colleges, universities, and other research organizations.
  • Franklin Institute Online Exhibits
    http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/jump.html
    Links to dozens of online learning experiences.
  • Global Campus
    http://www.csulb.edu/gc/index.html
    The Global Campus is a collaborative multimedia database containing a variety of outstanding educational materials such as images, sounds, text, and video to be used for nonprofit, educational purposes.
  • H-Net
    http://www.h-net.msu.edu/
    H-Net is an interdisciplinary organization of scholars dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. The computing heart of H-Net resides at Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers come from all over the globe.
  • Howard Hughes Memorial Institute Undergrad Education
    http://www.hhmi.org/grants/undergraduate
    HHMI has granted $426 million since 1988 to strengthen education in biological sciences at 224 public and private colleges and universities nationwide.
  • Beyond Bio 101, A Report from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    http://www.hhmi.org/BeyondBio101/
    "Beyond Bio 101" describes the remarkable changes taking place in how American college students learn biology.
  • Institute for Chemical Education Univ. Wisconsin, Madison
    http://ice.chem.wisc.edu
    Together with the American Chemical Society's Institute of Chemical Education, U. Wisconsin folks have developed an educational kit with which one can teach topics in chemistry, physics, and biology, and, at the same time, build an understanding of environmental issues such as global warming and renewable energy.
  • Institute for Learning Science Northwestern Univ.
    http://www.ils.nwu.edu
    The Institute for the Learning Sciences (ILS) is an interdisciplinary research and development lab dedicated to applying principles of cognitive science, computer science, artificial intelligence, and educational theory to improving the way people learn.
  • Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education
    http://www.udel.edu/inst/
    The University of Delaware Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education has been created to promote reform of undergraduate education through faculty development and course design. Institute Fellows receive hands-on experience in employing active learning strategies and effective use of technology in their courses.
  • INTEC
    http://intec.concord.org/
    INTEC is an online professional development course that introduces inquiry-based teaching and learning to mathematics and science classrooms.
  • National Coordination Office for Computing,
    Information and Communications

    http://www.hpcc.gov
  • National Institute for Science Education Univ. of Wisconsin
    http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/nise
    The NISE's vision is that all students leave the educational system with an ability to make informed decisions about the SMET-related matters that they encounter in their daily lives. In this vision, all stakeholders in SMET education engage in active, contextual learning to acquire both a strong foundation in SMET and the ability to enhance that foundation as lifelong learners.
  • Project FLAG
    http://newtraditions.chem.wisc.edu/FLAG/nt-flag.htm
    Field-Tested Learning Assessment Guide for Science, Math, Engineering and Technology
  • Collaborative Learning and Small Group Learning
    http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/nise/CL1
  • National Library of Education
    http://www.ed.gov/NLE
    The National Library of Education is the federal government's main resource center for education information.
  • National Library of Medicine
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
    National Library of Medicine of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
  • National Research Council  
    http://www.nas.edu/nrc
  • Center for Science, Mathematics & Engineering Education
    http://www4.nas.edu/csmee/center.nsf
  • National Science Foundation
    Education and Human Resources
  • Research, Evaluation & Communication
    http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/REC/
  • Science Links
    http://www.nsf.gov/home/external/start.htm
  • Division of Undergraduate Education
    http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/due/
  • Shaping the Future report
    http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/DUE/documents/review/96139/start.htm
  • The EHR Advisory Committee Review of Undergraduate SME&T Education
    http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf98128/nsf98128.htm
  • NSF Grants Database
    http://fundedresearch.cos.com/NSF/
  • National Science Teachers’ Association
    http://www.nsta.org
    The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 53,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
  • National Undergraduate Research Clearinghouse
    http://clearinghouse.mwsc.edu/
    The National Undergraduate Research Clearinghouse provides undergraduate students around the country the opportunity to engage in scientific communication at a national level, and in an interdisciplinary manner. This project is intended to apply to students in all science departments, at all types of colleges and universities, and at all levels.
  • North Carolina State University Hewlett Initiative
    http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/ugs/Hewlett_Initiative.htm
    The Hewlett Initiative is a North Carolina State University faculty development project that focuses on using student-centered learning processes, especially inquiry-guided activities to promote learning outcomes.
  • NCSU Hewlett Fellows for Undergraduate Students
    http://www.ncsu.edu/learn
    Hewlett Fellows for undergraduate students. The site focuses on promoting student responsibility for their learning, setting objectives, developing learning skills, working with faculty and using campus resources. The site links students to other important sites related to learning and to an on-campus virtual advising center.
  • Northwestern University Instructional Technology Initiatives and Projects
    http://www.nwu.edu/itg/cic-symp/initiatives/
    Includes general academic support initiatives and discipline-specific projects.
  • Online Masters In Education A list of the top 100 sites for teachers to utilize for abstract concepts, problem solving, and developing critical thinking skills.
  • Project Galileo Harvard Univ.
    http://galileo.harvard.edu
    This site provides information and materials for innovative approaches to science education. For the busy researcher or instructor, Project Galileo can offer fresh ideas for improving courses. For the innovator, this site provides the opportunity to learn about, discuss, and disseminate innovations.
  • Project Kaleidoscope
    http://www.pkal.org/
    PKAL is an informal national alliance of individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to strengthening undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education.
  • Research Link 2000
    http://www.cur.org/reslink2000.html
    This is an NSF funded, Council on Undergraduate Research sponsored project designed to promote the introduction of research-based experiments in introductory biology courses, and to further research activities by students and faculty at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Santa Fe Institute
    http://www.santafe.edu
    The Santa Fe Institute is a private, non-profit, multidisciplinary research and education center, founded in 1984. Since its founding SFI has devoted itself to creating a new kind of scientific research community, pursuing emerging science.
  • Scholarly Societies Project Univ. of Waterloo
    http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/society/overview.html
  • SciCentral - Multidisciplinary Met-Web Site
    http://www.scicentral.com
  • Science Prof Online
    http://www.scienceprofonline.com/
    A recently launched free science education website. The site has virtual classrooms in microbiology, cell biology, and will soon add an anatomy and physiology classroom. The site also features a Science Image Library that provides copyright-free photos on a variety of science topics.
  • The Sloan Center for Asynchronous Learning Environments  (SCALE)
    http://w3.scale.uiuc.edu/scale/
    SCALE was established in March 1995 with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The original grant was for three years. It was aimed at restructuring undergraduate courses to integrate various techniques associated with asynchronous learning networks (ALN). More specific goals were to create efficiencies in the educational process (cost, time, faculty productivity), to increase student retention, and to decrease time-to-degree.
  • Society for College Science Teachers
    http://scst.org/SCST/Welcome.html
    The Society for College Science Teachers' purpose is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary interaction among teachers of science at all institutions of higher education. It is a divisional affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association.
  • Sol Ideas Technology Development
    http://www.solideas.com/
    Sol Ideas performs research in Environmental and Optoelectronic Technology, as well as designing and building modules for integration into environment enhancing products, with the goal of finding ways to integrate these technologies into educational products at the high school and university levels.
  • Technical Education Research Center
    http://www.terc.edu
    TERC is a nonprofit research and development organization committed to improving mathematics and science learning and teaching. Recognized for creating innovative curricula, fostering teacher professional development, pioneering creative uses of technology in education, contributing to educators' understanding of learning and teaching, and developing equitable opportunities for underserved learners.
  • Tennessee, University of
    http://www.tiem.utk.edu/~gross/
  • U.S. Department of Education
    http://www.ed.gov
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science  
    http://www.house.gov/science/welcome.htm
  • Virginia, University of – Invention and Design
    http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/id/id_intro.html
    This page, and its accompanying resources, are geared towards promoting a better understand the principles of the invention and design process, and include an innovative set of active learning modules that employ a "hands-on" approach.
  • Virtual Geosciences Professor (ideas for indexing)
    http://www.uh.edu/~jbutler/anon/anonfield.html
    Extensive information about and links to geoscience resources on the web.
  • Web-Based Learning Resources on the Internet
    http://www.outreach.utk.edu/weblearning/
    This page is an educators' resource for delivery and management of education via the Internet.

 
Documented Case Studies and Ideas:
  • Case Studies in Science
    http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/case.html
  • Computer Enhanced Science Education, Whole Frog Project
    http://george.lbl.gov/ITG.hm.pg.docs/Whole.Frog/Whole.Frog.html
    Computers can't teach everything in anatomy, but they can teach some things better, either by themselves or through synergy with conventional methods. Try out this award-winning virtual frog- as a case in point.
  • ConcepTests from University of Wisconsin
    http://www.chem.wisc.edu/~concept/
    Readers may be familiar with Harvard physicist Eric Mazur's physics ConcepTests, which have been shown to enhance substantially the comprehension of introductory physics concepts. This page contains ConcepTests for use in chemistry.
  • Links to a Better Education
    http://www.chemistrycoach.com/linkstoa.htm
    #Links%20to%20a%20Better%20Education
    Lengthy collection of links to handouts for students on dozens of issues including learning and study skills, note-taking, listening, preparing for tests, problem solving, critical thinking, science, writing and much, much more.
  • Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation
    http://www.towson.edu/csme/mctp/home.html
    Essays on constructivism and education prepared by the MCTP.
  • MIT Mindfest  
    http://www.media.mit.edu/mindfest/
    MIT has been and is involved in robotics and programming and other aspects of technology in education for over 30 years. This fall they will be hosting a "Mindfest" for robotics and invention. The computer language Logo was invented by people there and the robotics kits from Lego were developed there.
  • Logo Foundation
    http://www.logofoundation.org
    This site is a clearinghouse for the worldwide use of Logo, a computer language based on the constructivist approach to learning.
  • Online Teaching Degree: http://www.onlineteachingdegree.com/
  • Online Collaboration and Applications in Education and Training
    Texas A&M Univ.
    http://www.cvm.tamu.edu/wklemm/collab.htm
    Explores educational technologies and offers tools for developing online insight exercises, student research projects and journal article case studies.
  • Partnerships to Advance Learning in Science Iowa State Univ.
    http://www.pals.iastate.edu
    Iowa State University site for developing, implementing and sharing constructivist resources. Program areas include biology, meteorology, global change and soil sciences.
  • Resources in Science and Engineering Education
  • Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Science Education:
    Innovation and Change Using an Earth System Approach

    http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/spheres/
    This Workshop Proceedings published by the American Geophysical Union includes details on some undergraduate geoscience education reform efforts
  • Syllabus Web  
    http://www.syllabus.com/
    This site contains useful information on technology used to enhance education.
  • Teaching and Learning on the Worldwide Web Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction
    http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tl/
    This searchable collection includes over 600 sites that range from courses delivered entirely via the web to courses that offer specific activities related to a class assignment or perhaps courses that offer class support materials via the web.
  • Tools for Science
    http://www.physics.csbsju.edu/
    T. Kirkman’s page includes some useful tools and tutorials for bio and astronomy classes. The program "twk" is used for web-based testing in several departments at St. John’s University.
  • World Lecture Hall
    http://www.utexas.edu/world/lecture/index.html
    The World Lecture Hall (WLH) contains links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver class materials.

 
K-12 Links Provided by Sigma Xi Members
  • Workshop in High School Science Indiana Univ.
    http://php.iupui.edu/~edbiomed/home.htm
    One of their goals is to develop the opportunity for research science doctoral students to get a minor in education – to discover what we know about teaching and learning and to work on education projects that will improve abilities to use complex knowledge in a teaching environment.
     
    Another sample web page: http://php.iupui.edu/~edbiomed/hearts.htm

 

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