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Active Projects

Current and past projects are summarized below. Click Summary or use the top menu to learn more.

Active Projects

STEM Writing and Evaluation Project (Summary)

This project brings together a multi-disciplinary team of professional English writing instructors, biology teachers, data scientists, and computational linguists, to find better ways to train and support student writers in STEM fields.

BioBook (Summary)

An adaptable, digital approach to teaching and learning biology that gives control back to students and teachers. It supports active learning by organizing concepts in a hierarchical tree structure that reinforces interrelationships between topics. Students develop thinking process skills that help them succeed beyond just introductory biology.

ChemBook (Summary)

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Coming Projects

GTA Training Program (Summary)

Promoting active teaching and learning practices through training & professional development for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs.) This offshoot of the Bio-TAP Network at U. Tenn. Knoxville will focus on training and evaluating GTAs’ knowledge and skills, teaching practices, and impact on undergraduates.

Active Labs Design Model (Summary)

A collaboration with the Association for Biology Laboratory Education to establish standard methods for developing, implementing, and evaluating active learning in undergraduate biology laboratory courses.

Artisan Analytics (Summary)

Schools use analytics to predict and improve student outcomes, but traditional methods do not scale down well. We want to adapt big-data methods to obtain actionable data at smaller “artisan” scales (individual classes or teachers.)


Lighthouse Reef Course Pack (Summary)

Until recently specialized field courses rarely had their own textbook. Instructors for a tropical ecology field course in Belize used The Adapa Project’s resources and tools to build their own secure, rich media course resource.

On Hiatus

Teaching Genetics With Dogs (Summary)

This project uses canids as a unifying model for teaching genetics. Dogs are a student-friendly way to connect classical & modern genetics to anatomy, physiology, and function. We have a growing library of teaching problems, published datasets, and photos tagged with key traits & genotypes.

Happy Root Citizen Science Project (Summary)

Students build spatial reasoning by evaluating microscopic images, learn about root fungi, and help discover new organisms and assess tropical forest health.

 STEM Pathways Project (Summary)

This project would create a network for STEM and Health Careers education and enrichment programs in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, and adjacent counties. The goals? Improve communication, data capture, and resource sharing. Provide shared marketing and evaluation resources. Collect and share outcomes data and evidence of impact. Help programs identify unmet needs. Supporting grant writing and fundraising. Be the “go-to” resource for teachers and parents.