Engage Students In Science As A Process

Concurrent Session 5

Brief Abstract

Explore free instructional tools to help your biology and environmental science students deepen their content knowledge and understand how science works. This workshop will highlight several online interactive resources that engage learners in the scientific process and one that helps students plan, organize, and present their own inquiry-based activities.


An educator with more than 10 years of experience in high school and community college settings, Melissa focuses primarily on outreach and content development for undergraduate introductory biology courses. She also manages logistics for all outreach and professional development events. Before she began teaching, Melissa managed a research lab in the cardiology department at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a master’s degree in chemical and life sciences from the University of Maryland.

Extended Abstract

In this session, we will discuss how these resources have been implemented in an introductory biology course and discuss how and where they might fit into science courses at your campus and how to modify them to make them the most useful for your students. Please bring an electronic device to explore the resources.

One of BioInteractive’s goals is to advance the implementation of best practices for biology and science education. BioInteractive produces high-quality multimedia resources for educators that are used in tens of thousands of classrooms and by millions of students. The resources translate core scientific concepts into accessible, authentic experiences that engage students in the processes of science, in accordance with recommendations by leading education frameworks.

BioInteractive content focuses on:
• Important concepts and ideas—the most important concepts in biology and in sub-disciplines that have been traditionally marginalized or in which there is a need for high-quality materials. To date, we have developed a rich portfolio of resources in genetics, evolution, and ecology.
• Powerful media types that inspire curiosity and motivate learning in students through the use of authentic science stories in the form of —short films, biointeractives, and animations. These resources engage students in asking questions, making observations, and collecting and interpreting scientific data—all aspects of active learning.
• Accessible content – Many of the resources are accompanied by instructor guides that help educators modify and adapt our resources to address the needs of their particular student population. To further broaden access, some of the materials have been translated into Spanish. In addition, all new BioInteractive content is produced in compliance with accessibility standards.