Educational Materials

Award-winning science and health education materials

Multimedia-rich, interactive, inquiry-based, learner-focused

The Internet is the 21st Century’s primary “go-to” source for science and health information. Digital -age students—and adults���are more fully engaged by interactive, multimedia materials that bring the exciting world of science processes and ideas alive. Online materials easily facilitate multi-level learning. Models, laboratory explorations, kinesthetic enactments of processes, and critical discussions address different learning styles—and can also be important avenues for learning.

We begin development of materials targeted for classroom use by bringing together a group of outstanding instructors of the appropriate level of students. They first learn about the focal topic through talks by experts in the field and background readings. Next they identify key learning goals and objectives for students. Small groups then draft learning experiences that will facilitate students’ achievement of these goals. By the end of a 3-5 day summer institute the group has drafted a rich array of ideas for both multimedia and paper-based materials. The GSLC team draws on and expands these ideas to develop a set of educational materials for students and educators. Projects for other audiences also engage key stakeholders in the initial development process.

Using our specialized expertise in developing learning experiences, we produce engaging, effective educational materials that take advantage of the latest in visualization and interactive techniques for website and touch-screen devices. Non-technology-based materials (including paper-based  activities) support and extend the online content, or they may stand alone.

While our early work focused on genetics, our content has expanded to include many aspects of life science and health as well as other fields. We continue to bring our expertise in translating complex concepts to new topics.

The materials we develop include the following:

  • Inquiry-based, learner-focused, multimedia visualizations and interactive learning experiences allow learners to visualize and interact with scientific processes and phenomena that are too small to see, occur over a long time scale, or are not easily accessible to them.
  • Learner-driven multimedia presentations and videos present information in an engaging manner.
  • "Learn More" web pages provide in-depth information for those who are curious about a topic.
  • Non-technology-based learning experiences support and extend the multimedia materials.
  • Detailed lesson guides for educators provide detailed directions for implementing lessons and activities.
  • Multimedia resources for educators provide supplemental and background information.

Funding to date has primarily supported development of curriculum materials targeted to grades 5-12 and educational materials for adults. However, our materials are widely used in higher education, by a variety of professionals, and by members of the general public.

Most of the materials we develop are freely disseminated via our Learn.Genetics and Teach.Genetics websites.

Learn.Genetics provides educational materials on life science and health topics for learners and interested individuals. Topics include cell biology, genetics, human health, evolution & ecology, and more.

Our companion Teach.Genetics site provides resources for educators, including guides for lessons and activities that support and extend the online materials, links to national science education standards, assessment suggestions, and videos of scientist lectures.