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  Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Biological Sciences and Office of Technology for Education are collaborating to create a suite of multimedia course materials developed to improve learning Biology.

Interactive Animations


Biology Labs




Open Learning Initiative Modern Biology Course


Interactive AnimationsA team of biologists, media programmers, and learning experts are creating animations designed to improve understanding of some of the main concepts taught in Modern Biology and Biochemistry.

labsWe are developing simulation environments that facilitate multiple, linked representations of concepts to be used in different learning contexts that allow for guided inquiry as well as student directed experimentation and data analysis.

supplementsAs supplemental learning resources for the OLI course, we are designing interactive reference pieces to help the students lookup concepts and data they must internalize or use to understand other concepts.

OLI Biology CourseThrough the OLI project, Carnegie Mellon adds to online education the crucial elements of instructional design grounded in cognitive theory, formative evaluation for students and faculty, and iterative course improvement based on empirical evidence.

Flash 8 requiredFlash 8 player is required to access these tutorials.

Funded by:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The National Science Foundation
Office of Technology for Education, Carnegie Mellon