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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.

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.

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.

Past Projects

ChemBook (Summary)

Partner project developed in parallel with BioBook.

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.