I need help with ideas for project-based learning in my introductory biology classroom!

Calling all teachers and learners!

I attended a great session today at CEDP about Project-Based Learning, put on by Nancy Nelson. I really want to incorporate a project into our introductory cell biology course, but I don’t have any ideas! I can think of activities, but they all fall short of being open-ended.

My students learn about cell organelles and how they relate to protein synthesis, mitosis, meiosis, genetic inheritance and the general characteristics of life. Many of my students start the course with a weak foundation of science knowledge, so I do not want to scare away my students with a project that is too far-reaching and complex.

Eagerly awaiting YOUR advice!

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2 Responses to I need help with ideas for project-based learning in my introductory biology classroom!

  1. nnelsn says:

    You may find these sites helpful …

    Cell Biology Education: Sample Problems and Problem Topics
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC162197/table/T1/

    Problem-based Learning in Biology with 20 Case Examples
    http://capewest.ca/pbl.html

    Problem Based Learning & Scientific Inquiry in Introductory Biology
    http://petersj.people.cofc.edu/CCLI/

    Happy planning!

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