General Resources

American Association of Higher Education

The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) is a national, individual membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of American higher education. The website contains descriptions of the society's programs and initiatives and essays on higher education issues, but no classroom resources.

Association of College and University Biology Educators

The Association of College & University Biology Educators (ACUBE) was first established in 1957 as the Association of Midwest College Biology Teachers (AMCBT). In 1997 they changed their name to ACUBE to reflect their growing national membership.The objectives of ACUBE 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. The website contains links to many other sites with resources for use in teaching.

Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences

The Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences 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. Their home page has a large number of links to other resources.

The College-Level One Team at the National Institute for Science Education (NISE)

The NISE College Level One Team (based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a nationwide community of post-secondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty, education researchers, faculty developers, and students. Their mission is three fold:

  1. To improve students' learning experiences and critical thinking skills by fostering innovation in introductory STEM education at the college level.
  2. To engage and retain a growing and diverse student population in the study of science, mathematics, and engineering by eliminating cultural and gender barriers.
  3. To increase college students' STEM literacy and effectively prepare students majoring in STEM disciplines for their future careers.

Their site has information on collaborative learning, learning through technology and a field-tested learning assessment guide (FLAG).

Digital Library for Earth System Education

The mission of the Digital Library for Earth System Education is to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system by developing, managing, and providing access to high quality educational resources and supporting services through a community-based, distributed digital library. DLESE's educational resources include lesson plans, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips.

Ecological Society of America Education Section

The primary goals of the Ecological Society of America's (ESA) Education Office are to increase diversity within ecology-related professions, to engage the public in a dialogue on ecological research and issues, and to improve the quality of ecology education at all levels.

Ecological Society of America Ecology Course Syllabus Exchange

This is a resource for teachers seeking a variety of materials and activities to assist them in providing students with a greater understanding of ecology.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides, through its 16 subject-specific clearinghouses, associated adjunct clearinghouses, and support components , a variety of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues. The ERIC database is the world's largest source of education information, with more than 1 million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)

MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.

Project Kaleidescope (PKAL)

PKAL is an informal national alliance of individuals, institutions,and organizations committed to strengthening undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education.

Sigma Xi Undergraduate Education Resources

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

Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE)

This publication contains teaching methods, issues and experiments that may be used to integrate ecology into the classroom. Issues and experiments are submitted and peer reviewed by ecologists. Teaching methods are primarily from an undergraduate perspective and include active learning and inquiry-based experiments.

Workshop Biology

Workshop Biology is a curriculum developed at the University of Oregon to improve scientific literacy among non-science majors, and provides a case study in the design and evaluation of new approaches to college-level science education.